Minolta SY-A308 Instruction manual

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9222-2724-11 SY-A308 ME-0307
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
Before you begin
Thank you for purchasing this digital camera. Please take the time to read through this instruction
manual so you can enjoy all the features of your new camera. Check the packing list before using this
product. If any items are missing, immediately contact your camera dealer.
DiMAGE Z1 digital camera
Neck strap NS-DG5000
Lens cap LF-242
Shoe cap SC-1000
SD Memory Card
AV cable AVC-200
USB cable USB-500
4 AA alkaline batteries
DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM
ArcSoft VideoImpression CD-ROM
DiMAGE Instruction Manuals CD-ROM
Quick Reference Guide
Minolta International Warranty Certificate
This product is designed to work with accessories manufactured and distributed by Minolta. Using
accessories or equipment not endorsed by Minolta may result in unsatisfactory performance or damage to the product and its accessories.
Minolta, The essentials of imaging, and DiMAGE are trademarks or registered trademarks of Minolta
Co., Ltd. Apple, Macintosh, and Mac OS are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. Microsoft
and Windows are registered trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation. The official name of Windows
is Microsoft Windows Operating System. Pentium is a registered trademark of the Intel Corporation.
Power PC is a trademark of the International Business Machines Corporation. QuickTime is a trademark used under license. USB DIRECT-PRINT is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. ArcSoft
and VideoImpression are trademarks or registered trademarks of ArcSoft, Inc. All other brand and
product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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BEFORE YOU
BEGIN
For proper and safe use
Read and understand all warnings and cautions before using this product.
WARNING
Using batteries improperly can cause them to leak harmful solutions, overheat, or explode which may
damage property or cause personal injury. Do not ignore the following warnings.
• Only use the batteries specified in this instruction manual.
• Do not install the batteries with the polarity (+/–) reversed.
• Do not use batteries which show wear or damage.
• Do not expose batteries to fire, high temperatures, water, or moisture.
• Do not attempt to recharge, short, or disassemble batteries.
• Do not store batteries near or in metallic products.
• Do not mix batteries of different types, brands, ages, or charge levels.
• When recharging rechargeable batteries, only use the recommended charger.
• Do not use leaking batteries. If fluid from the batteries enters your eye, immediately rinse the eye
with plenty of fresh water and contact a doctor. If fluid from the batteries makes contact with your
skin or clothing, wash the area thoroughly with water.
• Tape over battery contacts to avoid short-circuiting during disposal; always follow local regulations
for battery disposal.
• Use only the specified AC adapter within the voltage range indicated on the adapter unit. An inappropriate adapter or current may cause damage or injury through fire or electric shock.
• Do not disassemble this product. Electric shock may cause injury if a high voltage circuit inside the
product is touched.
• Immediately remove the batteries or unplug the AC adapter and discontinue use if the camera is
dropped or subjected to an impact in which the interior, especially the flash unit, is exposed. The
flash has a high voltage circuit which may cause an electric shock resulting in injury. The continued
use of a damaged product or part may cause injuries or fire.
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• Keep batteries or small parts that could be swallowed away from infants. Contact a doctor immediately if an object is swallowed.
• Store this product out of reach of children. Be careful when around children not to harm them with
the product or parts.
• Do not fire the flash directly into the eyes. It may damage eyesight.
• Do not fire the flash at vehicle operators. It may cause a distraction or temporary blindness which
may lead to an accident.
• Do not use the monitor while operating a vehicle or walking. It may result in injury or an accident.
• Do not use this product in a humid environment, or operate this product with wet hands. If liquid
enters the product, immediately remove the batteries or unplug the AC adapter and discontinue
use. The continued use of a product exposed to liquids may cause damage or injury through fire or
electric shock.
• Do not use the product near inflammable gases or liquids such as gasoline, benzine, or paint thinner. Do not use inflammable products such as alcohol, benzine, or paint thinner to clean the product. The use of inflammable cleaners and solvents may cause an explosion or fire.
• When unplugging the AC adapter, do not pull on the power cord. Hold the adapter unit when
removing it from an outlet.
• Do not damage, twist, modify, heat, or place heavy objects on the AC adapter cord. A damaged
cord may cause damage or injury through fire or electric shock.
• If the product emits a strange odor, heat, or smoke, discontinue use. Immediately remove the batteries taking care not to burn yourself as the batteries become hot with use. The continued use of a
damaged product or part may cause injuries or fire.
• Take the product to a Minolta Service Facility when repairs are required.
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FOR
PROPER AND SAFE USE
CAUTION
• Do not use or store the product in a hot or humid environment such as the glove compartment or
trunk of a car. It may damage the product and batteries which may result in burns or injuries caused
by heat, fire, explosion, or leaking battery fluid.
• If batteries are leaking, discontinue use of the product.
• The lens retracts when the camera is turned off. Touching the lens barrel while it is retracting may
cause injury.
• The camera temperature rises with extended periods of use. Care should be taken to avoid burns.
• Burns may result if the memory card or batteries are removed immediately after extended periods
of use. Turn the camera off and wait for it to cool.
• Do not fire the flash while it is in contact with people or objects. The flash unit discharges a large
amount of energy which may cause burns.
• Do not apply pressure to the LCD monitor. A damaged monitor may cause injury, and the liquid
from the monitor may cause inflammation. If liquid from the monitor makes contact with skin, wash
the area with fresh water. If liquid from the monitor comes in contact with the eyes, immediately
rinse the eyes with plenty of water and contact a doctor.
• When using the AC adapter, insert the plug securely into the electrical outlet.
• Do not use if the AC adapter cord is damaged.
• Do not cover the AC adapter. A fire may result.
• Do not obstruct access to the AC adapter; this can hinder the unplugging of the unit in emergencies.
• Unplug the AC adapter when cleaning or when the product is not in use.
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About this manual
The basic operation of this camera is covered between pages 12 and 33. This section of the manual
covers the camera parts, preparation of the camera for use, and the basic camera operation for
recording, viewing, and deleting images.
Many of the features of this camera are controlled with menus. The menu navigation sections concisely describe how to change menu settings. Descriptions of the settings immediately follow the navigation sections.
Names of parts.....................................................................................................................................10
Getting up and running.........................................................................................................................12
Attaching the strap and lens cap.............................................................................................12
Inserting batteries....................................................................................................................13
Battery condition indicator .......................................................................................................14
Auto power save ......................................................................................................................14
Connecting the optional AC adapter .......................................................................................15
Changing the memory card .....................................................................................................16
Turning on the camera and displays .......................................................................................17
Setting the date and time ........................................................................................................18
Basic recording.....................................................................................................................................20
Handling the camera ...............................................................................................................20
Using the zoom lens ................................................................................................................20
Recording images automatically..............................................................................................21
Basic recording operation........................................................................................................22
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Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection ..........................................................................23
Focus lock................................................................................................................................24
Focus range.............................................................................................................................24
Focus signals...........................................................................................................................25
Special focusing situations ......................................................................................................25
Flash modes ............................................................................................................................26
Flash range - auto-recording mode .........................................................................................27
Camera-shake warning ...........................................................................................................27
i+ button....................................................................................................................................28
Adjusting monitor brightness ...................................................................................................28
Digital subject programs ..........................................................................................................29
Basic playback......................................................................................................................................30
Single-frame playback and histogram display .........................................................................30
Viewing and rotating images ...................................................................................................31
Deleting single images ............................................................................................................31
i+ button...................................................................................................................................32
Enlarged playback ...................................................................................................................33
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TABLE
OF CONTENTS
Advanced recording .............................................................................................................................34
Recording mode display ..........................................................................................................34
Super Macro ............................................................................................................................35
Program (P) exposure mode ...................................................................................................36
Aperture priority (A) exposure mode .......................................................................................36
Shutter priority (S) exposure mode .........................................................................................37
Manual (M) exposure mode.....................................................................................................38
Time exposures .......................................................................................................................39
Movie recording .......................................................................................................................40
Exposure compensation ..........................................................................................................41
Focus area selection ...............................................................................................................42
Attaching a Minolta accessory flash........................................................................................43
Navigating the recording menus..............................................................................................44
Drive modes ............................................................................................................................46
Self-timer .................................................................................................................................47
Using the continuous-advance modes ....................................................................................48
Continuous-advance notes ......................................................................................................49
Using the progressive-capture modes.....................................................................................50
Progressive-capture notes.......................................................................................................51
Bracketing ................................................................................................................................52
What is an Ev? ........................................................................................................................53
Image size and image quality..................................................................................................54
Auto DSP .................................................................................................................................56
Digital zoom .............................................................................................................................56
Focus modes ...........................................................................................................................57
White balance..........................................................................................................................58
Automatic white balance ..................................................................................................58
Preset white balance .......................................................................................................58
Custom white balance .....................................................................................................59
Full-time AF .............................................................................................................................60
Flash mode..............................................................................................................................60
Flash compensation ................................................................................................................60
Metering modes.......................................................................................................................61
Camera sensitivity - ISO..........................................................................................................62
Flash range and camera sensitivity.........................................................................................62
Color mode ..............................................................................................................................63
Contrast ...................................................................................................................................63
Sharpness ...............................................................................................................................64
Custom key function ................................................................................................................65
Image size (Movie) ..................................................................................................................66
Frame rate ...............................................................................................................................66
Movie file sizes ........................................................................................................................66
Audio........................................................................................................................................67
Movie mode .............................................................................................................................67
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Advanced playback ..............................................................................................................................68
Playing back movies ................................................................................................................68
Capturing a movie frame .........................................................................................................69
Navigating the playback-mode menu ......................................................................................70
Frame-selection screen ...........................................................................................................72
Delete ......................................................................................................................................73
Format .....................................................................................................................................74
Lock .........................................................................................................................................75
Slide Show...............................................................................................................................76
About DPOF ............................................................................................................................78
DPOF setup.............................................................................................................................78
Index print ................................................................................................................................79
Copy and E-mail Copy.............................................................................................................80
Viewing images on a television ...............................................................................................82
Setup menu .........................................................................................................................................83
Opening the setup menu .........................................................................................................83
Navigating the setup menu......................................................................................................84
LCD monitor brightness...........................................................................................................86
Auto power save ......................................................................................................................86
Instant playback.......................................................................................................................86
Lens accessory........................................................................................................................87
Language.................................................................................................................................87
File number (#) memory ..........................................................................................................87
Folder name.............................................................................................................................88
Audio signals ...........................................................................................................................88
Shutter FX ...............................................................................................................................89
Volume.....................................................................................................................................89
Reset default............................................................................................................................89
Noise reduction........................................................................................................................91
Date and time setup ................................................................................................................91
Video output ............................................................................................................................91
Date imprinting ........................................................................................................................92
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TABLE
OF CONTENTS
Data-transfer mode...............................................................................................................................93
System requirements...............................................................................................................93
Connecting the camera to a computer ....................................................................................94
Connecting to Windows 98 and 98SE.....................................................................................95
Automatic installation .......................................................................................................95
Manual installation ...........................................................................................................96
Memory card folder organization.............................................................................................98
Auto power save - data-transfer mode ....................................................................................99
Disconnecting the camera ....................................................................................................100
Windows 98 and 98 Second Edition..............................................................................100
Windows Me, 2000 Professional, and XP......................................................................100
Macintosh.......................................................................................................................101
Changing the memory card ..................................................................................................102
Using USB DIRECT-PRINT ...................................................................................................102
Notes on printing errors.........................................................................................................104
Navigating the USB DIRECT-PRINT menu ...........................................................................104
Printing DPOF files ................................................................................................................105
Appendix
.......................................................................................................................................106
Troubleshooting .....................................................................................................................106
Uninstalling the driver software - Windows............................................................................108
QuickTime system requirements ...........................................................................................109
VideoImpression system requirements .................................................................................109
Care and storage...................................................................................................................109
Camera care ..................................................................................................................109
Storage ..........................................................................................................................110
Cleaning.........................................................................................................................110
LCD monitor care...........................................................................................................110
Memory cards ................................................................................................................111
Before important events and journeys ...........................................................................111
Batteries.........................................................................................................................112
Operating temperatures and conditions.........................................................................112
Copyright........................................................................................................................112
Questions and service ...................................................................................................112
Technical specifications .........................................................................................................114
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Names of parts
* This camera is a sophisticated optical instrument. Care should be taken to keep these surfaces
clean. Please read the care and storage instructions in the back of this manual (p. 109).
Shutter-release button
Flash (p. 26)
Diopter-adjustment
dial (p. 17)
Speaker
Strap eyelet (p. 12)
Card-slot door (p. 16)
AF window*
Microphone
Self-timer lamp (p. 47)
Lens*
The USB port and AV-out terminal are located behind the card-slot door. The battery-chamber door
(p. 13) and tripod socket are located on the bottom of the body.
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NAMES
OF PARTS
Flash-mode button (p. 26)
Macro button (p. 35)
Accessory shoe (p. 43)
Exposure-mode dial
(p. 21, 29, 36 - 40)
Viewfinder* (p. 17)
LCD monitor*
Zoom lever
(p. 20)
Controller
Access lamp
Main switch
Mode switch
DC terminal
Menu button
Quick View/Delete button (p. 30, 31)
Information button (p. 28, 32)
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GETTING UP AND RUNNING
Attaching the strap and lens cap
Always keep the strap around your wrist in the event that the camera is accidentally dropped. An
optional leather neck strap, NS-DG1000, is also available from your Minolta dealer. Availability varies
with region.
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1
Pass one of the small loops of the lens-cap strap through the eyelet on the
lens cap (1). Pass the other loop through the first loop and tighten (2).
Pass the end of the neck strap through the lens-cap strap and strap eyelet on
the camera body (3).
3
Thread the strap through the inside of the
buckle as shown (4).
4
Using your thumb and index finger, pinch the outside tabs
of the lens cap to remove or attach. When the camera is
not in use, always replace the lens cap.
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GETTING
UP AND RUNNING
Inserting batteries
This digital camera uses four AA-size alkaline or Ni-MH batteries. Do not use other types of AA batteries. The camera should be off when replacing batteries.
3
To open the battery-chamber door, slide the lock to the open position (1).
Slide the door the the side of the camera (2) to release the safety catch.
Lift the door to open (3).
1
2
Insert the batteries as indicated on the diagram on the inside of the battery-chamber door. Confirm the positive and negative battery terminals are
oriented correctly.
5
Close the battery-chamber door and slide it toward the body (4) to engage
the safety catch. Slide the battery-chamber lock to the close position (5).
4
After installing the batteries, the set-time/date message may appear on the
monitor. The clock and calendar are set in section 3 of the setup menu (p.
18).
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Battery condition indicator
This camera is equipped with an automatic battery-condition indicator. When the camera is on, the
battery-condition indicator appears on the monitor. If the monitor is blank, the batteries may be
exhausted or installed incorrectly.
Full-battery indicator - the battery is fully charged. This indicator is displayed for three seconds on the monitor when the camera is turned on.
Low-battery indicator - battery power is low. The battery should be replaced
as soon as possible. The monitor will turn off while the flash is charging to
save power; the access lamp blinks slowly during this period.
Low-battery warning - battery power is very low. The monitor indicator is
red. The battery should be replaced as soon as possible. This warning automatically appears and remains on the monitor until the battery is changed.
The monitor will turn off while the flash is charging to save power; the access
lamp blinks slowly during this period. If power falls below this level, the battery-exhausted message will be displayed just before the camera shuts
down. If the low-battery warning is displayed, UHS continuous advance, both
Progressive Capture drive modes, and movie recording cannot be used.
Auto power save
To conserve battery power, the camera turns off displays and unnecessary functions if an operation
is not made within a minute. To restore power, press any button or key, or turn the exposure-mode
dial to another position. The length of the auto-power-save period can be changed in section 1 of the
setup menu (p. 83).
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GETTING
UP AND RUNNING
Connecting the optional AC adapter
Always turn off the camera before changing between power supplies.
The AC Adapter allows the camera to be powered from
an electrical household outlet. The AC Adapter is recommended when the camera is interfaced with a computer or
during periods of heavy use. AC Adapter model AC-1L is
for use in North America, Japan, and Taiwan, and AC-11
is for use in all other areas.
Insert the mini plug of the AC adapter into the DC terminal (1).
Insert the AC adapter plug into an electrical outlet.
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System accessories
The External High-power Battery Pack Kit EBP-100 is a portable power source and significantly
extends the operating time of the camera. The kit contains a high-power lithium-ion battery,
holder, and charger. The battery, holder, and charger are also available separately. Contact your
local Minolta dealer for information on the AC Adapter and the External High-power Battery
Pack EBP-100.
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Changing the memory card
An SD Memory Card or MultiMediaCard must be inserted for the camera to operate. If a card has not
been inserted, a no-card warning is displayed on the monitor. For more about memory cards see
page 111.
Always turn off the camera and confirm the access lamp is not lit
before removing a memory card; damage and data loss may result.
1
2
3
4
1. Open the card-slot door by sliding the door toward the front of the camera.
2. Insert the memory card all the way into the card slot and release; the card should catch in the slot.
Insert the card so the face is toward the front of the camera. Always push the card in straight.
Never force the card. If the card does not fit, check that it is oriented correctly.
3. To eject a memory card, press the card into the slot and release. The card can then be pulled out.
Take care when removing the card as it becomes hot with use.
4. Slide the battery-chamber door toward the back of the camera to close it.
A memory card used in another camera may have to be formatted before being used. If the unableto-use-card message appears, the card should be formatted with the camera. A memory card can be
formatted in section 1 of the playback menu (p. 70). When a card is formatted, all the data on the
card is permanently erased. If the card-error message appears, press the central button of the controller to close the window; check the Minolta web site for the latest compatibility information:
North America: http://www.minoltausa.com
Europe: http://www.minoltasupport.com
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GETTING
UP AND RUNNING
Turning on the camera and displays
Press the main switch to turn the camera on. Pressing the switch again turns
the camera off.
Around the main switch is the mode switch. This switch is used to change
between the recording and playback modes as well as the selecting the between
the monitor and viewfinder display.
Recording mode (Viewfinder display) - the camera can record
images and the monitor is viewed through the viewfinder. The
viewfinder has a built-in diopter. While looking through the
viewfinder, turn the diopter-adjustment dial until the monitor
image is sharp
Recording mode (Monitor display) - the camera can record images and the
monitor is viewed directly.
Playback mode (Monitor display) - images can be played back and edited.
The monitor is viewed directly.
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Camera notes
To use the viewfinder in the playback mode, press and hold
the flash mode button (1) and then press and hold the information (i+) button (2) until the monitor switches to the
viewfinder position.
2
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Setting the date and time
After initially inserting a memory card and batteries, the camera’s clock and calendar must be set.
When images are recorded, the image data is saved with the date and time of recording. Depending
on the region, the menu language may also have to be set. To change the language, see the camera
notes on the following page.
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Press the main switch (1) to turn the camera on. Press the
menu button (2) to open the menu; the appearance of the
menu will depend on the position of the camera’s controls.
Navigating the menu is simple. The up/down and left/right
keys of the controller (3) move the cursor and change settings on the menu. The central button of the controller
selects menu options and sets adjustments.
1
Drive m
Image
Quality
Auto D
Digital
2
Drive mode
Image size
Quality
Auto DSP
Digital zoom
Use the right key of the controller to highlight “setup”
at the top of the menu.
Single
2048x1536
Standard
On
Off
Press the central button of the controller to open the
setup menu.
LCDbrightness
Power save
Inst.Playback
Lens acc.
Language
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GETTING
–
1 min.
Off
None
English
UP AND RUNNING
Setup menu
Reset default
Noise reductn
Date/Time set
Date imprint
Reset default
Noise reductn
Date/Time set
Data imprint
–
On
–
Off
Use the right key to highlight the third tab at the top
of the menu.
Use the down key to highlight the date/time-set menu
option.
Press the right key. “Enter” will appear on the right
side of the menu.
Enter
Press the central button to display the date/time setting screen.
Date/Time set
Use the left and right keys to select the item to be
changed.
2003 . 01 . 01
00 : 00
MM / DD / YYYY
:enter
Date/Time setup screen
Use the up and down keys to adjust the item.
Press the central button to set the clock and calendar. The setup menu is displayed; press the menu
button to close the menu.
Camera notes
For customers in certain areas, the menu language must also be set. Highlight the language
option in section 1 of the setup menu. Press the right key to display the language settings.
Using the up/down keys, highlight the desired language. Press the central button to set the
highlighted language; the setup menu is displayed in the selected language.
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BASIC RECORDING
This section covers the basic operation of this camera. Thoroughly
familiarize yourself with the operations in this section before moving
on to the other sections in the manual.
Turn on the camera. Set the mode switch to a recording position.
Handling the camera
While using the viewfinder or LCD monitor, grip the camera firmly
with your right hand while supporting the body with your left. Keep
your elbows at your side and your feet shoulder-width apart to hold
the camera steadily. Take care not to cover the lens with your fingers
or the strap.
Using the zoom lens
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BASIC
RECORDING
The zoom lever controls the lens (1).
Sliding the lever to the right (T) will zoom
in to the telephoto position of the lens.
Sliding the lever to the left (W) will zoom
out to the wide-angle position.
Recording images automatically
Turn the exposure-mode dial to the auto-recording position (1); all camera
operations are now fully automatic. The autofocus, exposure, and imaging
systems will work together to bring beautiful results effortlessly.
1
While many of the camera’s systems in this mode are automatic. The flash
mode (p. 26) and drive mode (p. 46) can also be changed. Image size and
quality can be set on the auto-recording menu (p. 44).
Metering mode
Camera sensitivity (ISO)
Flash mode
Focus area
Focus control
Drive mode
Color mode
White balance
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
Multi-segment (fixed)
Auto (fixed)
Autoflash (can be changed*)
Wide focus area (can be changed*)
Autofocus (fixed)
Single-frame advance (can be changed*)
Natural Color (fixed)
Auto (fixed)
* Changes to the flash mode, focus area, or drive mode are reset when the exposure-mode dial is
turned to another position.
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Basic recording operation
The example uses auto recording. Except for movie recording, the operation for
other exposure modes is the same. Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection is
only active in the auto recording mode.
Place the subject anywhere within the focus frame. Make sure the subject is within the focus range of the lens (p. 24). For very close subjects, use the macro function (p. 35).
Press the shutter-release button partway down to lock the focus and
exposure. An AF sensor (a) is displayed to indicate the subject.
Automatic Digital Subject Selection will choose the appropriate exposure mode, see the facing page
a
c
b
d
The focus signal (b) on the monitor will confirm focus lock. If the
focus signal is red, the camera was unable to locate the subject.
Repeat the previous steps until the signal is white. The shutter speed
(c) and aperture (d) appears and turns black to indicate the exposure
is locked.
Press the shutter-release button all the way down to take the picture.
The access lamp lights indicating image data is
being written to the memory card. Never remove a
memory card while data is being transferred.
Camera notes
The recorded image can be previewed by continuing to hold
down the shutter-release button after the image is captured.
The instant-playback function can also be used (p. 86).
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BASIC
RECORDING
Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection
Automatic Digital Program Selection chooses between program AE and one of five digital subject
programs. The digital subject programs optimize camera setting for various conditions and subjects.
Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection is only available in auto recording and can be disabled
in the auto-recording menu. For information on individual subject programs, see page 29.
A row of gray indicators at the top on the monitor display will indicate
Automatic Digital Subject Selection is active. Place the subject in the
focus frames; the procedure is the same as the basic recording operation described on page 22.
Press the shutter-release button partway down; the AF system will
locate the subject and the Automatic Digital Subject Selection function will choose a subject program. If no indicators are displayed, programmed AE is active. Press the shutter-release button all the way
down to take the picture. Hold the camera steadily when the sunset
subject program is selected as exposures can be long.
Program autoexposure (the Digital Subject Program indicators disappear)
Portrait
Landscape
Sports action
Sunset
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Focus lock
Focus lock prevents the AF system from focusing. This can be used with off-center subjects or when
a special focusing situation prevents the camera from focusing (p. 25).
Place the subject within the focus frame. Press and hold the
shutter-release button partway down.
• The focus signal indicates the focus is locked. The shutter
speed and aperture value change from white to black
indicating the exposure is locked.
• When the focus is set, an AF sensor is displayed on the live
image to indicate the point of focus.
Without lifting your finger from the shutter-release button, recompose the subject within the image area. Press the shutterrelease button all the way down to take the picture.
Focus range
All distances are measured from the CCD. See page 35
for the marco focus range.
Wide-angle position
0.57m - ∞ (1.9ft - ∞)
Telephoto position
2.07m - ∞ (6.8ft - ∞)
Approximate location of CCD plane
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BASIC
RECORDING
Focus signals
The focus signal in the lower right corner of the LCD monitor indicates the focus status. The shutter
can be released even if the camera cannot focus on the subject.
Focus locked.
Focus confirmed (sports action digital subject program only). AF continuously adjusts as the subject moves.
Cannot focus. The subject is too close or a special situation is preventing
the AF system from focusing.
When using the sports action digital subject program, the camera continually focuses when the shutter-release button is pressed partway down; the focus frames turn red. Keep the subject within the
red focus frames. Focus lock cannot be used.
If the AF system cannot focus, focus lock can be used with object at the same distance as the main
subject or the camera can be focused manually in the Digital Subject Program or program (P) exposure modes (p. 57).
Special focusing situations
The camera may not be able to focus in certain situations. If the autofocus system cannot focus on a
subject, the focus signal will turn red. In this situation, focus-lock on an object at the same distance
as the main subject and then recompose the image on the monitor to take the picture.
The subject in the
focus frame is low in
contrast.
Two subjects at different distances overlap
in the focus frame.
The subject is near a
very bright object or
area.
The subject is too
dark.
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Flash modes
1
To use the built-in flash, simply raise it (1). Lower the
flash unit to prevent it from firing.
To change the flash mode, simply press the flash
mode button (2) until the appropriate mode is indicated.
2
Autoflash - the flash fires automatically in low-light
and backlit conditions.
Red-eye reduction - multiple flashes are used before
the main flash burst to reduce red-eye; an effect
caused by light reflected from the retina. Use in lowlight conditions when taking photographs of people or
animals. The pre-flashes contract the pupils of the subject’s eyes.
Fill-flash - the flash fires with each exposure regardless of the amount of ambient light. Fill-flash can be
used to reduce harsh shadows caused by strong direct
light or sunshine.
Slow sync. - flash and ambient light exposures are
balanced. Use slow sync. when in dark locations to
reveal background details. Ask your subject not to
move after the flash burst; the shutter may still be open
for the background exposure. Because exposures can
be long, the use of a tripod is recommended.
Flash cancel - the flash is down and cannot fire.
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BASIC
RECORDING
Autoflash
Autoflash with
red-eye reduction
Fill-flash
Slow sync.
Flash cancel
Fill-flash
Flash range - auto-recording mode
The camera controls the flash output automatically. For
well-exposed images, the subject must be within the flash
range. Distance is given from the CCD plane. Because of
the optical system, the flash range is not the same at the
lens’ wide-angle position as it is at the telephoto position.
Wide-angle position
0.23 - 6.1m (0.75 - 20ft.)
Telephoto position
1.2 - 4.8m (3.9 - 15.7ft.)
Approximate location of CCD plane
If the flash output was sufficient to illuminate the subject, the OK indicator briefly replaces the flashmode indicator after the exposure. The access lamp blinks slowly while the flash is charging.
Camera-shake warning
If the shutter speed falls below the point where the camera can be safely hand held, the camerashake warning appears on the LCD monitor. Camera shake is slight blurring caused by subtle hand
motion and is more pronounced at the telephoto position of the lens than at the wide-angle. Although
the warning appears, the shutter can still be released. If the warning appears, the following steps can
be taken:
• Place the camera on a tripod.
• Use the built-in flash.
• Zoom the lens towards the wide-angle position until the warning
disappears.
Camera-shake warning
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i+ button
The information (i+) button controls the monitor display. The display changes between full display and
live image only.
Full display
Live image only
Information button
Adjusting monitor brightness
The monitor image can be made lighter or darker. The
brightness level can be set individually for viewfinder
and direct viewing. Turn the mode switch to the appropriate position. Press and hold the information (i+) button to open the LCD brightness screen.
Use the left/right keys of the controller to adjust the
brightness; the monitor image changes accordingly.
Press the center of the controller to set the brightness
level or press the menu button to close the screen
without applying any changes.
Set LCD brightness
Low
:select
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:enter
High
Digital subject programs
Digital subject programs optimize the camera’s exposure, white-balance, and imageprocessing systems for specific conditions
and subjects. Simply turn the exposure
mode dial to select the appropriate subject
program; the active subject program is displayed in the bottom left corner of the monitor
Exposure-mode indicator
Portrait - optimized to reproduce warm, soft skin tones and a slight defocusing of the background. Most portraits look best at a telephoto setting; the longer focal length does not exaggerate facial features and the shallower depth of field softens the background. Use the builtin flash with strong direct sunlight or backlight to reduce harsh shadows.
Sports action - used to capture action by maximizing shutter speeds. The AF system continuously focuses; see page 25. When using flash, the subject must be within the flash range
(p. 27). A monopod is more flexible and compact than a tripod when shooting events.
Landscape - optimized to produce sharp, colorful landscapes. Used with bright outdoor
scenery.
Sunset - optimized to reproduce rich, warm sunsets. When the sun is above the horizon, do
not point the camera toward the sun for prolonged periods of time. The intensity of the sun
could damage the CCD. Between exposures, turn off the camera or cover the lens.
Night portrait - for deep, subtle night scenes. The use of a tripod is recommended. When
used with flash, the subject and background exposures are balanced. The flash can only be
used with close subjects such as with a portrait of a person. When using the flash, ask your
subjects not to move after the burst; the shutter will still be open for the background exposure.
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BASIC PLAYBACK
Images can be viewed in the Quick View or playback
modes. This section covers the basic operations in both
modes. The playback mode has additional functions, see
page 68.
To view images from the playback mode, turn the mode
switch to the playback position (1).
1
2
To view images from the recording mode, press the Quick
View / delete button (2).
Single-frame playback and histogram display
Image size (p. 54)
Image quality (p. 54)
Mode
indicator
Aperture value
Shutter speed
Degree of exposure
compensation (p. 41)
Time of
capture
Date of capture
Lock indicator (p. 75)
DPOF indicator (p. 78)
Frame number/ total number of images
White-balance
setting (p. 58)
Sensitivity
setting (p. 62)
Folder name
Folder number - image file number
Histogram
To switch between the single-frame playback and histogram display, press the up key of
the controller.
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BASIC
PLAYBACK
The histogram shows the luminance distribution of the image from black (left) to white (right). The
256 vertical lines indicates the relative proportion of that light value in the image. The histogram can
be used to evaluate exposure, but displays no color information.
Viewing and rotating images
In Quick View or the playback mode, use the left/right
keys of the controller to scroll through the images.
To rotate a vertical image, press the down key to
cycle through the three positions: 90° counterclockwise, 90° clockwise, and horizontal.
To return to the recording mode from Quick View,
press the menu button or shutter-release button partway down.
Quick View / Delete button
Deleting single images
The displayed image can be deleted. Once deleted, an image cannot be recovered.
To delete the displayed image, press the QV/delete button. A confirmation screen will appear.
Delete this frame?
Yes
No
Use the left/right keys to highlight “Yes,” “No” will cancel
the operation.
Press the central button of the controller to delete the image.
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i+ button
The information (i+) button controls the display format. Each time the button is pressed, the display
cycles through to the next format: full display, image only, index playback.
Full display
Image only
Index playback
Information button
In index playback, the four-way keys of the controller will move the yellow border. When the image is
highlighted with the border, the date of recording, the lock and printing status, and the frame number
of the image are displayed at the bottom of the screen. The highlighted image can be deleted using
the QV/delete button (p. 31), or a movie clip can be played by pressing the central button of the controller. When the display button is pressed again, the highlighted image will be displayed in the singleframe playback mode.
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PLAYBACK
Enlarged playback
In single-frame playback in Quick View or the playback mode, a still image can be enlarged up to 6X
in 0.2 increments for closer examination.
With the image to be magnified
displayed, slide the zoom lever to
the right (T) to activate the
enlarged playback mode. The
degree of magnification is displayed on the LCD monitor.
Slide the zoom lever to the right
(T) to increase the image magnification. Slide the lever to the left
(W) to decrease the magnification.
Use the four-way keys of the controller to scroll the image. When scrolling, the arrows
in the display will disappear when the edge of the image has been reached.
The information (i+) button switches between showing the full display and the image
only.
To exit the enlarged playback mode, press the menu button.
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ADVANCED RECORDING
This section cover the advanced recording features of this camera. Read the basic recording section
before moving on to this section.
Recording mode display
A. Focus frame
B. Spot metering area (p. 61)
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RECORDING
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
25.
25.
Wide-angle converter indicator (p. 87)
Mode indicator
Flash-mode indicator (p. 26)
Flash-compensation display (p. 60)
Sharpness display (p. 64)
Contrast display (p. 63)
White-balance indicator (p. 58)
Camera-sensitivity (ISO) display (p. 62)
Exposure-compensation display (p. 41)
Camera-shake warning (p. 27)
Exposure-mode indicator (p. 36 - 40)
Metering-mode indicator (p. 61)
Shutter-speed display
Aperture display
Macro-mode indicator (p. 35)
Manual-focus indicator (p. 57)
Date-imprinting indicator (p. 92)
Frame counter (p. 55)
Drive-mode indicator (p. 46)
Manual-focus scale (p. 57)
Battery-condition indicator (p. 14)
Image-quality indicator (p. 54)
Image-size display (p. 54)
Digital-zoom display (p. 56)
Color-mode indicator (p. 63)
Super Macro
Super Macro allows the camera to focus as close as 4 cm (1.7
in.) from the front of the lens or 11 cm (4,3 in.) from the CCD.
Press the macro button (1) to activate the function; the lens
automatically zooms to the Super-Macro position of 9.7mm.
The zoom can be used, but the macro range changes with focal
length. The standard macro indicator is displayed when the focal
length is changed.
The following chart lists the Super Macro and standard macro
Super-macro indicator ranges. All distances are measured from the CCD.
1
Super Macro (at a focal length of 9.7mm)
11 - 107cm (4.3 - 42.1 in.)
Standard macro
Wide-angle position: 17 - 107cm (6.7 - 42.1 in.)
Telephoto position: 127 - 257cm (50.0 - 101 in.)
Approximate location of CCD plane
Minolta History
Innovation and creativity is the cornerstone of Minolta’s success.
The Electro-zoom X was an exercise in camera design and
received a great deal of attention when it was unveiled at
Photokina in 1966.
The Electro-zoom X was an electronically controlled aperture-priority mechanical SLR with a built-in 30 - 120mm f/3.5 zoom lens giving twenty 12 X 17mm images on a roll of 16mm film. The shutterrelease button and battery chamber are located in the grip. Only a
few prototypes were built making it one of Minolta’s rarest camera.
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Program (P) Exposure mode
The program exposure mode controls both the shutter speed and aperture to
ensure correct exposures. This exposure mode allows photographers to shoot without worry about exposure settings. The shutter speed and aperture values of the
exposure are displayed on the monitor when the shutter-release button is pressed
partway down. If shutter speed and aperture displays turn red, the scene is beyond
the exposure control range of the camera.
Aperture priority (A) Exposure mode
The photographer selects the aperture and the camera sets the appropriate shutter
speed to ensure the correct exposure. When aperture priority is selected, the aperture value on the monitor turns blue and a double arrow indicator appears next to it.
The flash mode can be set to fill-flash, fill-flash with red-eye reduction, or slow sync.
(p. 26).
1
Use the up/down keys of the controller (1) to set the
aperture. The aperture value can be changed in 1/3
stop increments. Press the shutter-release button
partway down to activate the exposure system; the
corresponding shutter speed will be displayed on the
monitor.
Because the maximum aperture is not the same at the wide-angle and telephoto position, as the lens
is zoomed, the aperture will automatically shift. If the aperture value is beyond the shutter-speed
range, the shutter-speed display will turn red on the monitor.
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ADVANCED
RECORDING
Shutter priority (S) Exposure mode
The photographer selects the shutter speed and the camera sets the appropriate
aperture to ensure correct exposure. When shutter priority is selected, the shutter
speed on the monitor turns blue and a double arrow indicator appears next to it.
The shutter speed can be set between 1/1000 and 15 seconds. If the shutter speed
is beyond the aperture range, the aperture display will turn red.The flash mode can
be set to fill-flash, fill-flash with red-eye reduction, or slow sync. (p. 26).
Use the up/down keys of the controller (1) to set the
shutter speed. Press the shutter-release button partway down to activate the exposure system; the corresponding aperture will be displayed on the monitor.
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Shooting Tips
The aperture controls not only exposure, but also depth of field; the area
between the closest and the furthest object in focus. The larger the aperture value, the greater the depth of field. The smaller the aperture value,
the shallower the depth of field. Usually landscape photographs use a
large depth of field (large aperture value) to keep the foreground and
background in focus, and portraits use a shallow depth of field (small aperture value) to separate the subject from the background.
The shutter controls not only exposure, but also the ability to stop motion.
Fast shutter speeds are used in sport photography to stop action. Slow
shutter speeds can show the flow of motion. The use of a tripod is recommended with slow shutter speeds.
The change in aperture and shutter speed is not apparent in the live
image. For critical work, take a test photograph and view it in Quick View.
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Manual (M) Exposure mode
Manual exposure mode allows individual selection of shutter speeds and apertures.
This mode overrides the exposure system giving the photographer total control over
the final exposure.
Use the up/down keys of the controller to change the shutter speed.
Use the left/right keys of the controller to change the aperture.
The changes made to the exposure will be visible in the live image on the monitor. The monitor shutter-speed and aperture display will turn red if the image is significantly underexposed or overexposed. If the monitor is black, increase the exposure until the image is visible; decrease the exposure
if the monitor is white. When the shutter-release button is pressed partway down, the brightness of
the live image may change while the camera focuses.
In manual exposure mode, the auto camera-sensitivity setting will fix the ISO value at 100. The camera sensitivity can be changed in section 3 of the recording menu (p. 62). The flash mode can be set
to fill-flash, fill-flash with red-eye reduction, or slow sync. (p. 26), but the live image will not reflect the
flash exposure.
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RECORDING
Time exposures
Time photographs can be taken in the manual-exposure mode.
Exposures up to thirty seconds can be made. The use of a tripod is
recommended. The camera’s exposure system cannot be used to
calculate time exposures. A separate light meter can be used to
determine the exposure.
1
Use the down key of the controller to decrease
the shutter speed below 15 seconds until “T” is
displayed.
Set the aperture using the left/right keys of the
controller.
To take the picture, press the shutter-release
button (1) once to begin the exposure. Press it
again to end the exposure.
A message is displayed during the exposure. Noise-reduction processing is applied to the image after
the exposure. Noise reduction can be canceled in section 3 of the setup menu (p. 91).
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Movie recording
This camera can record digital video with sound. Total recording time varies with the
image size and frame rate, see page 66. Exposure compensation and the macro
modes can be used. Other changes can be made with the movie recording menu
(p. 44).
Image size
Frame rate
Before recording, the frame counter shows the maximum time in
seconds that can be recorded on the next movie clip.
Recording time
Frame the picture as described in the basic recording operation
section (p. 22). Press the shutter-release button partway down to
set the the focus and exposure. Press the shutter-release button
all the way down and release to start recording.
The camera continues to focus during recording. The camera
will continue to record until the recording time is used or the
shutter-release button is pressed again.
Recording indicator
Remaining time
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RECORDING
Exposure compensation
The camera exposure can be adjusted to make the final picture lighter or darker by as much as ±2Ev
in 1/3 increments. Exposure compensation can only be used with Digital Subject Programs, the P, A,
and S exposure modes. With Digital Subject Programs, exposure compensation is reset when the
exposure-mode dial is moved to another position or the camera is turned off. In P, A, and S exposure
modes, exposure compensation remains in effect until reset.
To adjust the exposure, press the left or right controller key; the
exposure-compensation screen appears.
Use the left/right keys of the controller to adjust the exposurecompensation value. Changes to exposure are visible in the live
image.
Press the shutter-release button partway down or press the
central button of the controller to set the adjustment.
When adjusting the exposure, the amount of compensation is shown in EV (p. 53). After the setting is
made, the shutter-speed and aperture displays indicate the actual exposure. Because the exposure
can be adjusted in fine steps, the shutter speed or aperture value displayed may not change. When
set to any value other than zero, the exposure-compensation indicator remains on the monitor as a
warning.
Camera notes
Sometimes the camera’s exposure
meter is deceived by certain conditions, exposure compensation can
compensate for this. In the example,
the dark water caused the camera to
overexpose the image making it too
bright and washed-out. By compensating the exposure, detail is brought
out in the leaves, and the stones and
water appear richer.
–2.0Ev
–1.0Ev
Camera exposure
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Focus area selection
Individual focus areas can be selected when recording still images. With auto recording and Digital
Subject Programs, focus area selection is reset when the exposure-mode dial is moved to another
position or the camera is turned off. In P, A, S, and M exposure modes, the selected focus area
remains active until reset.
Press and hold the central button of the controller until the three spot focus areas
are displayed.
Use the left/right keys of the controller to highlight the desired autofocus area; the active area is blue.
Press the shutter-release button partway down or press the central
button of the controller to select the area; the other two areas disappear. Only when a focus area has been selected, can the controller be
used for other camera operations.
Take the picture as described in the basic recording section; press the
shutter-release button partway down to lock focus and exposure.
Press the shutter-release button all the way down to take the picture.
Once a focus area is selected, it will remain active even after the picture has been taken. Press and hold the central button of the controller to return to the standard focus frames.
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RECORDING
Attaching a Minolta accessory flash
To extend the versatility of the camera, an accessory flash unit (sold separately) can be used. Always
remove the accessory flash when the camera is not in use, and replace the accessory-shoe cap to
protect the contacts.
Slide the accessory-shoe cap off as shown. Mount the
flash unit on the accessory shoe by sliding it forward until
it stops.
System Accessories
The following Minolta flash units are compatible with this camera:
Maxxum/Program Flash 2500(D)
Maxxum/Program Flash 3600HS(D)
Maxxum/Program Flash 5600HS(D)
Flash Notes
When using an accessory flash, the camera uses pre-flash TTL metering to determine exposure.
The flash modes available when using an optional flash unit varies with the
exposure mode. Autoflash can only be used with auto, program (P), and
Digital Subject Programs. Fill-flash and slow sync. can be used with all
exposure modes except movie. Red-eye reduction cannot be used. Because
of the large distance between the flash tube and optical axis, red eye is
rarely caused by accessory flash units.
Off-camera flash cables and accessories are not compatible with this camera. The Close-up
Diffuser CD-1000 can be used, but AF speed is reduced.
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Navigating the recording menus
The recording menu displayed varies with the position of the exposure-mode dial. There
are four menus depending on if auto recording, movie recording, Digital Subject
Programs, or the P,A,S, and M exposure modes are selected.
Pressing the menu button (1) turns the menu on and off. The four-way keys of the controller (2) move
the cursor in the menu. Pressing the central button of the controller enters a setting.
Activate the menu with the menu button.
On the P, A, S, and M menu, use the left/right keys of the controller to highlight the
appropriate menu tab; the menu changes as the tabs are highlighted.
Use the up/down keys to scroll through the menu options. Highlight the option whose setting needs to be changed.
With the menu option highlighted, press the right controller key; the settings are displayed with the current setting highlighted. To return to the menu options, press the left
key.
Use the up/down keys to highlight the new setting.
Press the central button of the controller to select the
highlighted setting;some options open a selection
screen.
2
1
Once a setting has been selected, the cursor will return to the menu options and the new setting will
be displayed. To return to the recording mode, press the menu button.
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ADVANCED
RECORDING
Drive mode
Image size
Quality
Auto DSP
Digital zoom
Single
2048x1536
Standard
On
Off
Auto-recording menu
Drive mode
Image size
Quality
White balance
Key func.
Single
2048x1536
Standard
Auto
Flash mode
Drive mode
Image size
Quality
Focus mode
Digital zoom
Single
2048x1536
Standard
Auto focus
Off
Digital Subject Program menu
Focus mode
Full-time AF
Flash mode
Flash comp.
Metering mode
Autofocus
On
Autoflash
0
MultiSegment
Image size
Frame rate
Audio
White balance
Movie mode
320x240
30fps
On
Auto
Night movie
Movie menu
Sensitivity
Digital zoom
Color mode
Sharpness
Contrast
Auto
Off
NaturalColor
Normal
Normal
P, A, S, and M exposure-mode menu
Index to menu functions
Audio, 67
Auto DSP, 56
Color mode, 63
Contrast, 63
Digital zoom, 56
Drive mode, 46
Flash compensation, 60
Flash mode, 60, 26
Focus mode, 57
Frame rate, 66
Full-time AF, 60
Image size, 54
Image size (movie), 66
Key function, 65
Metering mode, 61
Movie mode, 67
Quality, 54
Sensitivity, 62
Sharpness, 64
White balance, 58
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Drive modes
The drive modes control the rate and method images are captured.
The drive mode is set on all menus except the movie menu. With
auto recording and Digital Subject Programs, the drive mode is reset
to single-frame advance when the exposure-mode dial is moved to
another position or the camera is turned off. In P, A, S, and M exposure modes, the drive mode remains in effect until changed. Refer to
the following sections for descriptions of the drive modes.
Single-frame advance - to take a single image each time the shutter-release button is
pressed (p. 22).
Self-timer - to delay the release of the shutter. Used for self-portraits.
Continuous advance - to take multiple images when the shutter-release button is pressed
and held.
UHS continuous advance - to take ten 1280x960 size images in one second when the
shutter-release button is pressed and held.
Progressive Capture - to continuously record when the shutter-release button is pressed
and held. Releasing the button saves the last six images.
UHS Progressive Capture - to continuously record 1280x960 size image at 10fps.
Releasing the shutter button saves the last ten images.
Bracketing - to take a series of three images with differing exposures.
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RECORDING
Self-timer
Used for self-portraits, the self-timer will delay the release of the shutter for approximately ten seconds after the shutter-release button is pressed. The self-timer is set on section 1 of the recording
menus (p. 44).
With the camera on a tripod, compose the picture so the
subject is within the focus frames. Press the shutter-release
button partway down to lock the exposure and focus (1).
Press the shutter-release button all the way down to begin
the countdown (2).
Because focus and exposure are determined when the
shutter-release button is pressed, do not stand in front of
the camera when taking a self-timer image. Always confirm
the focus with the focus signals before beginning the countdown (p. 25).
1
2
3
The self-timer is counted down on the monitor. During the countdown, the self-timer lamp on the front
of the camera (3) will start to blink and is accompanied by an audio signal. A few seconds before the
exposure, the self-timer lamp will blink rapidly. The lamp will glow steadily just before the shutter fires.
To stop the countdown, slide the zoom lever to the left or right. The self-timer drive mode is reset to
single-frame advance after the exposure. The audio signal can be turned off in section 2 of the setup
menu (p. 83).
Shooting tips
The self-timer can be used to minimize camera shake with long exposures. When using the
camera on a tripod, photographs of static subjects (landscapes, still-lifes, or close-up photographs) can be made with the self-timer. Because no contact is made with the camera during
exposure, there is no risk of camera shake caused by the operator.
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Using the continuous-advance modes
The continuous-advance drive modes allow a series of
images to be captured while holding down the shutterrelease button. These drive modes are set in section 1 of the
recording menus.
Immediately after selecting the continuous option on the
menu, a selection screen is displayed to select between standard and UHS continuous advance. Use the left/right keys of
the controller to select the continuos advance mode. Press
the central button of the controller to set the drive mode displayed in the bottom right corner of the screen. Pressing the
menu button cancels the operation without changing the
drive mode.
Drive mode
Image size
Quality
White balance
Key func.
Single
Self-timer
Continuous
Progressive
Bracketing
:select
Compose the picture as described in the basic recording
operation section (p. 22).
Press the shutter-release button partway down (1) to lock the
focus exposure for the series.
Press and hold the shutter-release button all the way down
(2) to begin taking pictures; focus is locked with the first
frame. When the shutter-release button is pressed and held,
the camera will begin recording images until the maximum
number has been taken or the shutter button is released.
The maximum number of frames and the rate of capture
depends on the continuous-advance drive mode selected.
See the notes section on the following page.
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RECORDING
1
2
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Continuous-advance notes
CONTINUOUS ADVANCE
The number of images that can be captured at one time depend on the image-quality and image-size
setting. The maximum rate of capture is approximately 1.5 fps. The built-in flash can be used, but the
rate of capture is reduced because the flash must recharge between frames. Date imprinting (p. 92)
also reduces the rate of capture.
The following chart lists the maximum number of images that can be captured with different imagequality and image-size combinations.
Size
Quality
Fine
Standard
Economy
2272 X 1764
1600 X 1200
1280 X 960
640 X 480
5
10
19
8
16
30
13
24
42
42
67
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UHS CONTINUOUS ADVANCE
UHS continuous-advance captures up to ten 1280x960 images at 10fps regardless of the image
quality setting. The built-in flash cannot be used. When the red low-battery warning is displayed, this
drive mode cannot be used.
During recording, the live image can be seen. When the maximum number of frames is captured, the
last frame of the series is displayed. A thumbnail of each frame in the series is shown in a six-frame
index display while being saved; the first six image are replaced by the following images after they
are displayed.
Very bright light sources in the scene may cause streaks to appear on the image. Black areas
caused by data loss may also be apparent.
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Using the progressive-capture modes
The Progressive-Capture drive modes continuously record
images while holding down the shutter-release button. When
the shutter button is released, the images stored in the camera’s buffer memory are saved. These drive modes are set in
section 1 of the recording menus.
Drive mode
Image size
Quality
White balance
Key func.
Immediately after selecting the progressive option on the
menu, a selection screen is displayed to select between standard and UHS Progressive Capture. Use the left/right keys of
the controller to select the progressive mode. Press the central button of the controller to set the drive mode displayed in
the bottom right corner of the screen. Pressing the menu button cancels the operation without changing the drive mode.
Compose the picture as described in the basic recording
operation section (p. 22). Press the shutter-release button
partway down (1) to lock the focus exposure for the series.
Press and hold the shutter-release button all the way down
(2) to begin taking pictures; focus is locked with the first
frame. When the shutter-release button is pressed and held,
the camera will begin recording.
Release the shutter (3) to save the images in the camera
memory. The maximum number of frames and the rate of
capture depends on the progressive drive mode selected.
See the notes section on the following page.
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ADVANCED
RECORDING
Single
Self-timer
Continuous
Progressive
Bracketing
:select
1
2
:enter
3
Progressive-Capture notes
The advantage of Progressive Capture over the continuous-advance drive mode is that it allows you
to record events without the need to predict when the event will start. Simply hold the shutter-release
button down to start saving images, and when the action happens, release the shutter button to save
the recorded series. When the red low-battery warning is displayed, these drive modes cannot be
used.
PROGRESSIVE CAPTURE
Standard Progressive Capture records the last six images saved in
the camera’s buffer memory. When a series is captured, a thumbnail
of each image shown in a six frame index display while being saved.
The maximum rate of capture is approximately 1.5 fps. The built-in
flash can be used, but the rate of capture is reduced because the
flash must recharge between frames. Date imprinting (p. 92) cannot
be used.
UHS PROGRESSIVE CAPTURE
UHS continuous-advance captures up to ten 1280x960 images at 10fps regardless of the image
quality setting. The built-in flash cannot be used.
During recording, the live image can be seen. When a series is captured, a thumbnail of each frame
in the series is shown in a six frame index display while being saved; the first six image are replaced
by the following images after they are displayed.
Very bright light sources in the scene may cause streaks to appear on the image. Black areas
caused by data loss may also be apparent.
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Bracketing
This mode makes a three-image bracket of a scene.
Bracketing is a method of taking a series of images of a static subject in which each image has a slight variation in exposure. The bracketing mode is set in section 1 of the recording
menus.
Drive mode
Image size
Quality
White balance
Key func.
Immediately after selecting the bracketing option on the
menu, a selection screen is displayed to select the bracketing
increment.
Single
Self-timer
Continuous
Progressive
Bracketing
Press the left/right keys of the controller to select the bracketing increment. Press the central button of the controller to set
the value. To change the increment, select the bracketing
drive mode again with the menu.
:select
Compose the picture as described in the basic recording
operation section (p. 22).
Press the shutter-release button partway down (1) to lock the
focus exposure for the series.
Press and hold the shutter-release button all the way down
(2) to make the bracket series; three consecutive images will
be captured. Focus is locked with the first frame.
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1
2
:enter
Number of frames in
bracketing series
Frame counter
The remaining number of frames in the bracket series is displayed on the monitor next to the bracketing indicator. If the
memory is filled or the shutter button is released before the
series has completed, the camera will reset and the entire
bracket must be made again. If the red low-battery indicator
appears, the bracketing drive mode is disabled. The flash cannot be used with the bracketing drive mode.
The order of the bracket series is normal exposure, underexposure, and overexposure. The exposure
bracket can be made in 0.3, 0.5, or 1.0 Ev increments. The larger the number, the greater the difference in exposure between the images in the bracketed series.
Normal
Under
Over
0.3 Ev
bracket
0.5 Ev
bracket
1.0 Ev
bracket
When using exposure compensation (p. 41), the bracketing series will be made in relation to the
compensated exposure. Under extreme conditions, one of the bracketed exposures may be inaccurate because it is outside the exposure control range of the camera.
What is an Ev?
Ev stands for exposure value. A change of
one Ev adjusts the exposure calculated by
the camera by a factor of two.
+2.0 Ev
+1.0 Ev
±0.0 Ev
–1.0 Ev
–2.0 Ev
4X as much light
2X as much light
Calculated exposure
1/2 as much light
1/4 as much light
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Image size and image quality
Changing image size affects the number of pixels in each
image. The greater the image size, the larger the file size.
Choose image size based on the final use of the image smaller images will be more suitable for web sites whereas
larger sizes will produce higher quality prints.
FINE
STD.
ECON.
LCD monitor
2048
1600
1280
640
Number of pixels
(hor. X vert.)
2048 X 1536
1600 X 1200
1280 X 960
640 X 480
Fine - high-quality JPEG image.
Standard - the default setting. (JPEG)
Economy - the smallest file sizes. (JPEG)
Image quality controls the rate of compression, but has no effect on the number of pixels in the
image. The higher the image quality, the lower the rate of compression and the larger the file sizes. If
economical use of the memory card is important, use the economy mode. Standard image quality is
sufficient for normal usage. The fine mode will produce the highest quality image and the largest
image files.
Image size and quality must be set before the picture is taken. Changes are displayed on the LCD
monitor. Changes made on one menu affects all exposure modes except movie. Image size and quality must be reset manually. See navigating the recording mode menu section on page 44.
If image size or quality are changed, the frame counter will display the approximate number of
images that can be recorded at that setting on the installed memory card. One memory card can
contain images with differing sizes and qualities. The number of images that can be stored on a
memory card is determined by the size of the card and the file size of the images. The actual file size
is determined by the scene; some subjects can be compressed further than others. See the chart on
the following page.
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Approximate file sizes.
Size
Quality
Fine
Standard
Economy
2048 X 1764
1600 X 1200
1280 X 960
640 X 480
1.1MB
720KB
430KB
770KB
450KB
280KB
550KB
310KB
200KB
160KB
130KB
90KB
Approximate number of images that can be stored on a 16MB memory card.
Fine
Standard
Economy
9
17
32
14
27
47
22
39
69
69
100
150
Camera Notes
The frame counter indicates the approximate number of images that can be stored on the memory card at the camera’s image quality and size settings. If the settings are changed, the frame
counter adjusts accordingly. Because the counter uses approximate file sizes, the actual image
taken may not change the counter or may decrease it by more than one. When the frame counter displays zero, it indicates no more images at the image size and quality settings can be captured. Changing those settings may allow more images to be saved to the card.
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Auto DSP
Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection can be temporarily disabled in the auto-recording menu. When disabled, the program exposure mode is active. If the position of the exposure mode dial is
changed or the camera is turned off, Automatic Digital Subject
Program Selection is activated.
Drive mode
Image size
Quality
Auto DSP
Digital zoom
Single
2048x1536
Standard
On
Off
Digital zoom
The digital zoom must be activated separately in the auto-recording, Digital Subject Program, and P,
A, S, and M exposure-mode menus. The digital zoom is activated in section 3 of the P, A, S, and M
exposure-mode menu (p. 44).
The digital zoom extends the power of the telephoto position of the optical zoom by up to 4X in 0.1X
increments. The transition between the optical zoom and digital zoom is seamless. When the digital
zoom is active, the image magnification is displayed on the monitor and the focus frames change to a
single focus area. Because of the degree of magnification, the use of a tripod is recommended.
Magnification
1
The digital zoom is operated by the zoom
lever (1). Slide the lever right (T) to zoom
in to the telephoto position of the lens.
When the digital zoom activates, the
image magnification will be displayed on
the monitor. Turn the lever left (W) to
zoom out.
Digital zoom images are interpolated to
the set image size. Some loss of quality
may be evident with images taken with
the digital zoom.
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Focus modes
This camera has autofocus and manual focus control. The focus mode must be activated separately
in the Digital Subject Program and P, A, S, and M exposure-mode menus. The focus mode is activated in section 2 of the P, A, S, and M exposure-mode menu (p. 44). When using Digital Subject
Programs the focus mode is reset when the position of the exposure mode dial is changed or when
the camera is turned off
Autofocus will produce excellent results in almost every situation, however, under certain conditions,
the autofocus system will not work accurately; see special focusing situations on page 25. In these
situations the camera can be manually focused.
When focusing manually, a distance scale shows the approximate subject distance. The scale
changes depending on the focusing range.
Use the up/down controller keys to focus. When focusing,
the monitor image is automatically magnified by a maximum of 2.5X depending on the digital zoom setting; the
focusing scale shows approximate distance. The live image
returns to normal after two seconds, when zooming, or
when the shutter-release button is pressed partway down.
When using the shutter-priority, aperture-priority, or
manual exposure modes (p. 36 - 38) with manual
focus, press the central button of the controller to
switch between using the up/down keys to focus or to
adjust the exposure. The active function is indicated in
blue.
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White balance
White balance is the camera’s ability to make different types of lighting appear neutral. The effect is
similar to selecting daylight or tungsten film, or using color compensating filters in conventional photography. An indicator will be displayed on the monitor if a setting other than auto white-balance is
chosen. White balance is set independently in section 1 of the movie, and P, A, S, and M exposuremode menus (p. 44).
Automatic White Balance
The automatic white balance compensates for the color temperature of a scene. In most cases, the
auto setting will balance the ambient light and create beautiful images, even under mixed-lighting
conditions. When the built-in flash is used, the white balance is set for the color temperature of the
flash.
Preset White Balance
Preset white-balance settings must be set before the
image is taken. Once set, the effect is immediately visible on the LCD monitor.
Immediately after selecting the preset white-balance
option on the menu, a selection screen is displayed.
Drive mode
Image size
Quality
White balance
Key func.
Cust.set
CustRecall
Auto
Preset
Press the left/right keys of the controller to select the
preset white balance. Press the central button of the
controller to apply it. The following preset options are
available:
Daylight - for outdoor and sunlit
subjects.
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:select
:enter
Cloudy - for overcast outdoor scenes.
Fluorescent - for fluorescent lighting:
office ceiling lights.
Tungsten - for incandescent lighting:
household light bulbs.
Flash - for use with the built-in flash.
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Custom White Balance
Custom white-balance allows the camera to be calibrated to a specific lighting condition. The setting
can be used repeatedly until reset. Custom white balance is especially useful with mixed-lighting or
when critical control over color is needed. The object used to make a calibration must be neutral. A
blank piece of white paper is an ideal surface and can easily be carried in a camera bag.
To calibrate the camera, select custom setup (Cust.set)
from the white balance option in section 1 of the movie, and
P, A, S, and M exposure-mode menus (p. 44); the custom
white-balance calibration screen opens.
Fill the image area with a white object; the object does not
need to be in focus. Press the central button of the controller to make the calibration or press the menu button to
cancel the routine.
Drive mode
Image size
Quality
White balance
Key func.
Cust.set
CustRecall
Auto
Preset
The live view shows the effect of the new white balance
setting. The custom setting will remain in effect until another
calibration is made or the white-balance setting is changed.
:enter
If the custom white-balance setting is required again, select custom
recall from the white-balance option of the menu; the last custom
white-balance setting will be applied to the camera. The same custom white-balance setting is made and accessed from the movie, P,
A, S, and M exposure modes.
Drive mode
Image size
Quality
White balance
Key func.
Cust.set
CustRecall
Auto
Preset
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Full-time AF
With full-time AF active, the autofocus systems continually focuses to keep the monitor image sharp.
This also reduces the autofocusing time when taking pictures. When the camera is set to manual
focus, full-time AF is disabled. Turning the full-time AF function off can help conserve battery power.
Full-time AF can be turned on and off in section 2 of the P, A, S, and M menus (p. 44).
Flash mode
The flash modes can be changed in section 2 of the P, A, S, and M
menus (p. 44). This menu option is used when another function is
assigned to the flash mode button, see page 65 on the custom key
function. For more on flash modes, refer to page 26.
Focus mode
Full-time AF
Flash mode
Flash comp.
Metering mode
Autofocus
On
Autoflash
0
MultiSegment
Flash compensation
Flash compensation increases or decreases the flash exposure of
the built-in flash in reference to the ambient exposure by as much
as 2 Ev.
Select the flash compensation option section 2 of the P, A, S, and
M menus (p. 44). Use the up/down keys to adjust the degree of
compensation (1). Press the central controller button to set this
value (2). If any value other than 0.0 is set, an indicator will be displayed on the monitor as a warning.
Positive compensation
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No compensation
RECORDING
Focus mode
Full-time AF
Flash mode
Flash comp.
Metering mode
Negative compensation No flash
–2 ~ +2
+0.3
Flash compensation changes the ratio between the ambient and flash exposures. When using fillflash to reduce harsh shadows caused by direct sunlight, flash compensation changes the ratio
between the highlights and shadows. The flash affects the darkness of the shadows without affecting
the area illuminated by the sun. By decreasing the flash output with a negative Ev setting, the shadows receive less light and are deeper, but retain detail that would be lost without the flash. Using a
positive Ev setting will soften or eliminate shadows.
Metering modes
Metering mode indicators are displayed on the monitor. The metering
mode is set in section 2 of the P, A, S, and M menus (p. 44).
Multi-segment metering: uses 256 segments to measure
luminance and color. This data is combined with distance
information to calculate the camera exposure. This advanced
metering system will give accurate worry-free exposures in
almost all situations.
Focus mode
Full-time AF
Flash mode
Flash comp.
Metering mode
Autofocus
On
Autoflash
0
MultiSegment
Center weighted: a traditional metering method in film cameras. The system measures light
values over the entire image area with emphasis given the central region.
Spot metering: uses a small area within the image to calculate the exposure. A small circle appears in the middle of the
live image indicating the measuring area. The spot allows precise exposure measurements of a particular object without
being influenced by extremely bright or dark areas within the
scene.
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Camera sensitivity - ISO
Five camera sensitivity settings can be selected: Auto, 50, 100,
200, and 400; the numerical values are based on an ISO equivalent. ISO is the standard used to indicate film sensitivity: the higher
the number, the more sensitive the film. Camera sensitivity is set in
section 3 of the P, A, S, and M menus (p. 44).
Sensitivity
Digital zoom
Color mode
Sharpness
Contrast
Auto
Off
NaturalColor
Normal
Normal
The auto setting automatically adjusts the camera sensitivity to the light conditions between ISO 50
and 200. When any other setting than auto is used, “ISO” and the set value will be displayed on the
monitor.
A specific sensitivity setting can be selected. As the ISO value doubles, the camera sensitivity doubles. Like grain in silver-halide film that increases with speed, noise increases with sensitivity in digital imaging; an ISO setting of 50 will have the least noise and 400 will have the most. An ISO setting
of 400 may allow the camera to be hand-held in low-light conditions without the need of a flash. The
affect of noise with exposures of one second or longer is reduced by the noise-reduction function in
section 3 of the setup menu (p. 91).
Flash range and camera sensitivity
The flash range is measured from the CCD. Because of the optical system, the flash range is not the
same at the lens’ wide-angle position as it is at the telephoto position.
Flash range (wide angle)
Flash range (telephoto)
AUTO
0.23 - 6.1m (0.75 - 20ft.)
1.2 - 4.8m (3.9 - 15.7ft.)
50
0.23 - 3.1m (0.75 - 10.2ft.)
1.2 - 2.4m (3.9 - 7.9ft.)
100
0.23 - 4.3m (0.75 - 14ft.)
1.2 - 3.4m (3.9 - 11.2ft.)
200
0.23 - 6.1m (0.75 - 20ft.)
1.2 - 4.8m (3.9 - 15.7ft.)
400
0.23 - 8.6m (0.75 - 28ft.)
1.2 - 6.9m (3.9 - 22.5ft.)
ISO setting
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Color Mode
The color mode controls whether a still image is color or black
and white. This must be set before the image is recorded. The
color mode is set in section 3 of the P, A, S, and M menus (p.
44). The live image reflects the selected color mode. The color
mode has no effect on image file size.
Vivid Color
Black & White
Sepia
Natural Color reproduces the colors in the scene faithfully. This
mode uses no monitor indicator when active. Vivid Color increases the saturation of the colors in the scene. Black & White produces neutral monochrome images. The sepia mode creates
warm-tone monochrome images.
Contrast
This function increases or decreases the contrast of the scene in three levels: high (+), normal, and
low (–). This can be set in section 3 of the P, A, S, and M menus (p. 44). Any changes made are
applied to the live image. If any level except normal is selected, an indicator appears on the monitor
as a warning.
Contrast: low
Contrast: normal
Contrast: high
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Sharpness
Sharpness accents or softens details in an image in three levels:
hard (+), normal, and soft (–). This can be set in section 3 of the P,
A, S, and M menus (p. 44).
Any changes made are applied to the live image, but may be difficult to see. However, when viewed with a computer, the changes
will be evident. If any level except normal is selected, an indicator
appears on the monitor as a warning.
Sensitivity
Digital zoom
Color mode
Sharpness
Contrast
Auto
Off
NaturalColor
Normal
Normal
Normal
Sharpness: soft
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Sharpness: hard
Custom Key function
The function assigned to the flash mode button can be selected
among the flash mode, drive mode, white balance, focus mode, and
color mode. This can be set in section 1 of the P, A, S, and M
menus (p. 44). The flash mode can also be changed in section 2 of
the P, A, S, and M menus.
Drive mode
Image size
Quality
White balance
Key func.
Flash mode
Drive mode
White balance
Focus mode
Color mode
Pressing the flash-mode button changes the function set in the
menu. Press the central button of the controller or press the shutter-release button partway down to apply the setting.
When selecting the continuous advance, progressive
capture, or bracketing drive mode, or preset white balance, a selection screen appears. Use the left/right
keys of the controller to display the appropriate mode
or bracketing increment and press the central button of
the controller to select it.
:select
:enter
When selecting custom white balance, the calibration
screen appears. Fill the frame with a white object and
press the central button of the controller to calibrate
the camera.
:enter
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IMAGE SIZE (MOVIE)
Movies can be recorded at three sizes: 640x480, 320x240, and
160x120. The larger the image size, the higher the image quality
and the larger the file sizes. Image size is set in the movie menu (p.
44).
Image size
Frame rate
Audio
White balance
Movie mode
320x240
30fps
On
Auto
Night movie
FRAME RATE
Movies can be recorded at two frame rates: 15 fps and 30 fps. The higher the frame rate, the
smoother the moving image and the larger the file sizes. Frame rate is set in the movie menu (p. 44).
Movie file sizes
If image size or frame rate is changed, the frame counter will display the approximate number of seconds that can be recorded at that setting on the installed memory card. One memory card can contain movie clips with differing sizes and frame rates. The total time that can be stored on a memory
card is determined by the size of the card and the recording rate. The actual file size is determined
by the scene; some subjects can be compressed further than others.
Approximate recording rate
Image size
Frame rate
30 frames per second
15 frames per second
640 X 480
320 X 240
160 X 120
1060KB
670KB
160KB
535KB
340KB
85KB
Approximate number of seconds that can be stored on a 16MB memory card.
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30 frames per second
13 seconds
21 seconds
82 seconds
15 frames per second
26 seconds
41 seconds
150 seconds
ADVANCED
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Audio
Movie can be recorded with and without audio. Audio is set in the movie menu (p. 44). When audio is
off, the optical zoom can be used during movie recording.
Movie mode
The movie mode option selects the type of movie recorded. Standard produces a normal movie clip.
Night Movie uses high camera sensitivity to record under low light levels; camera sensitivity will
automatically increase in low light. Image quality can be lower with Night Movies because of the higher sensitivity. The movie mode is set in the movie menu (p. 44).
Notes on movie recording
In movie recording, some functions can be changed with the movie menu. Exposure, focus, and camera sensitivity are automatic. Exposure compensation can be used (p. 41).
The optical zoom can be used during recording if the audio is turned off in the menu. A 4X digital
zoom is available with or without audio during recording when the frame rate is set to 15fps.
When the red low-battery indicator appears (p. 14), power is insufficient for movie recording.
Depending on the image size and frame rate, the writing speed of the memory card in use may prevent an entire movie clip from being recorded. Check the Minolta web site for the latest compatibility
information:
North America: http://www.minoltausa.com
Europe: http://www.minoltasupport.com
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ADVANCED PLAYBACK
The basic functions in this mode are described in the basic playback section on pages 30 through
33. This section covers how to playback movie clips as well as the advanced function on the playback
menu. Movie clips can be played back in Quick View.
Playing back movies
Play
Use the left/right keys of the controller to display the
movie.
Press the center of the controller to play back the
movie clip.
Press the controller to pause the movie playback;
press the controller again to resume the playback.
Pause Rew Fwd Vol
Press the display button to view the movie with or without the guidance bar.
During playback, the up/down keys adjust the volume and the
left/right keys rewind and fast forward the recording.
To cancel the playback, press the menu button.
ADVANCED
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PLAYBACK
Capturing a movie frame
A single frame from a movie clip can be copied and saved as a still image. The copied
image has the same image size as the original movie.
During playback, press the center button of the controller to pause the movie playback at the point to capture the frame. When the movie is paused, the left/right
keys can be used to jog the clip to display the correct
frame.
Pause Rew Fwd Vol
Press the up key of the controller to capture the frame.
Before the frame is captured, a confirmation screen
appears. Choosing “Yes” executes the operation, “No”
cancels it.
Play
Rew Fwd
Saved as PICT0015.JPG.
OK
Play
The file name of the captured image is displayed.
Press the center button of the controller to complete
the operation.
Rew Fwd
320X240 and 160X120 size images cannot be enlarged in the Quick View or playback modes.
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Navigating the playback menu
Pressing the menu button (1) turns the menu on and off. The fourway keys of the controller (2) move the cursor in the menu. Pressing
the central button of the controller enters a setting.
2
Activate the menu with the menu button.
Use the left/right keys of the controller to highlight the
appropriate menu tab; the menu changes as the tabs
are highlighted.
1
Use the up/down keys to scroll through the menu options. Highlight the option whose setting needs to be changed.
With the menu option highlighted, press the right controller key; the settings are displayed with the current setting highlighted. If “Enter” is displayed, press the center of the
controller to continue.
Use the up/down keys to highlight the new setting.
Press the central button of the controller to select the highlighted setting.
Once a setting has been selected, the cursor will return to the
menu options and the new setting will be displayed. To return to
the playback mode, press the menu button.
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ADVANCED
PLAYBACK
Delete
Format
Lock
–
–
–
Slide show
Playback
Duration
Repeat
–
–
–
Auto
DPOF set
Index print
Copy
E-mail copy
Image size
–
No
–
–
640x480
To delete images on the memory card (p. 73).
To format the memory card (p. 74).
To protect images from deletion (p. 75).
To play back images automatically (p. 76)
To select the images for the Slide Show (p. 76).
To specify how long each image is played back (p. 76)
To repeat the Slide Show presentation automatically (p. 76).
To select images for DPOF printing (p. 78).
To create an index print with the DPOF order (p. 79)
To copy images from one memory card to another (p. 80).
To copy and resize images to be e-mailed (p. 80).
To specify the size of the e-mail copy (p. 80).
Refer to the following sections for descriptions of the menu options.
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Frame-selection screen
When a marked-frames setting is chosen on a menu, the frame selection screen will appear. This
screen allows multiple images to be chosen.
The left/right keys of the controller moves the yellow
border to select the image.
:move
:sel.
:enter
The up key of the controller selects the frame; when
selected, an indicator appears next to the image. The
down key deselects the image removing the indicator.
The garbage can indicates the image is
selected for deletion.
The key indicates the image is locked or
selected to be locked.
The printer icon indicates the image is
selected for DPOF printing. The number of
copies is shown on the right.
The check indicates the image is selected
for the slide show or to be copied.
Press the central button of the controller to complete the operation.
The menu button cancels the screen and any operation made.
Indicators may be displayed on the right of each index image
to indicate movie and E-mail copy files.
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ADVANCED
PLAYBACK
Movie file
E-mail copy file
Delete
Deleting permanently erases the file. Once
deleted, a file cannot be recovered. Care
should be taken when deleting images.
Delete
Format
Lock
–
–
–
Single, multiple, or all files on the memory card can be deleted in
section 1 of the playback menu (p. 70). The delete option has three
settings:
This
frame
All frames
Marked
frames
The file displayed or highlighted in the playback mode is deleted.
All unlocked files are deleted.
To delete multiple files. When this setting is chosen, the frame-selection screen
is displayed. Use the left/right keys of the controller to highlight the first file to
be deleted. Pressing the up key marks the thumbnail with the delete indicator.
To deselect a file for deletion, highlight it with the yellow border and press the
down key; the indicator disappears. Continue until all the files to be deleted are
marked. Press the central button of the controller to continue (the confirmation
screen appears), or press the menu button to cancel the operation and return
to the playback menu. On the confirmation screen, highlighting and entering
“Yes” deletes the marked files.
Before a file is deleted, a confirmation screen appears. Choosing
“Yes” executes the operation, “No” cancels it.
The delete function will only erase unlocked files. Locked files must
be unlocked before they can be deleted.
Delete
–
Delete this frame?
Yes
No
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FormAT
When a memory card is formatted, all data on
the card is erased.
Delete
Format
Lock
–
–
–
Delete
–
The formatting function is used to erase all data on a memory card.
Before formatting a memory card, copy the data to a computer or
storage device. Locking images will not protect them from being
deleted when the card is formatted. Always format the memory card
using the camera; never use a computer to format a card.
When the format option is selected and entered in section 1 of the
playback menu (p. 70), a confirmation screen appears. Choosing
“Yes” formats the card, choosing “No” cancels the formatting operation. A screen appears to indicate the card has been formatted.
Format?
Yes
No
A memory card used in another camera may have to be formatted before being used. If the unableto-use-card message appears, the card should be formatted with the camera. If the card-error message appears, press the central button of the controller to close the window; check the Minolta web
site for the latest compatibility information:
North America: http://www.minoltausa.com
Europe: http://www.minoltasupport.com
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ADVANCED
PLAYBACK
Lock
Single, multiple, or all files can be locked. A locked file cannot be deleted by either the playback
menu functions or the QV/delete button. However, the formatting function (p. 74) will erase all files on
a memory card whether locked or not. Important images should be locked. The lock function is in
section 1 of the playback menu (p. 70). The lock option has four settings:
This
frame
All frames
Marked
frames
Unlock all
The file displayed or highlighted in the playback mode is locked.
All files on the memory card are locked.
To lock or unlock multiple files. When this setting is chosen, the frame-selection
screen is displayed. Use the left/right keys of the controller to highlight the file
to be locked. Pressing the up key marks the file with the lock indicator. To
unlock a file, highlight it with the yellow border and press the down key; the lock
indicator disappears. Continue until all the files to be locked are marked. Press
the central button of the controller to lock the marked thumbnails, or press the
menu button to cancel the operation and return to the playback menu.
All files on the memory card are unlocked.
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Slide Show
Section 2 of the playback menu controls the slide-show function. This function automatically displays
all still images and movie clips on the memory card in order. The menu has the following options:
Enter
To start the slide-show presentation. Highlight “Enter” and press
the central button of the controller to start the slide show.
All frames
To select all the images on the memory card to be displayed in
the slide-show presentation.
Slide show
Marked
Frames
To select specific images to be displayed in the slide-show presentation. When this setting is chosen, the frame-selection screen
is displayed. Use the left/right keys of the controller to highlight
the image to be included in the presentation. Pressing the up key
will mark the image with a check indicator. To deselect a marked
image, highlight it with the yellow border and press the down key;
the check disappears. Continue until all the images have been
edited. Press the controller to set the marked frames, or press
the menu button to cancel the operation and return to the playback menu.
Duration
1 - 60s.
To select the period each still image is displayed during the slide
show.
Repeat
Yes/No
Selecting “Yes” causes the slide show to repeat until it is canceled using the menu button. “No” ends the slide show presentation and returns to the playback menu when all the images have
been displayed once.
Playback
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ADVANCED
PLAYBACK
The controller can be used to control the presentation during
playback.
Press the central button of the controller to
pause and restart the slide show presentation.
Slide show
Playback
Duration
Repeat
–
–
–
Auto
The left/right keys advance to the next still
image or return to the previous one. During a
movie, the keys forward or rewind the clip
Press the menu button to cancel the presentation.
Camera Notes
The presentation can be viewed without
image information. Before opening the playback menu, press the information (i+) button
to turn off the information display.
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About DPOF
This camera is supported by DPOF™ version 1.1. The DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) allows
direct printing of still images from digital cameras. After the DPOF file is created, the memory card is
simply taken to a photofinishing service or inserted into the memory-card slot of DPOF compatible
printers. When a DPOF file is created, a misc. folder is automatically created on the memory card to
store it (p. 98).
DPOF setup
The DPOF-set menu option is used to create an order for standard prints from still images on the
memory card. Single, multiple, or all images can be printed. Print orders are created in section 3 of
the playback menu (p. 70). The print menu option has four settings:
This
frame
All frames
Marked
frames
Cancel all
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To create a DPOF file for the displayed or highlighted image.
To create a DPOF file for all images on the memory card.
To chose a group of images to be printed or when the number of copies of
each image varies. When selected, the frame selection screen appears. Use
the left/right keys of the controller to highlight an image to be printed. Pressing
the up key will mark the image with the print indicator. The number next to the
indicator shows the number of copies that will be printed. Pressing the up key
increases the number of copies, pressing the down key decreases the number.
A maximum of nine copies can be ordered. To deselect an image for printing,
press the down key until the number of copies reaches zero and the print indicator disappears. Continue until all the images to be printed are marked. Press
the central button of the controller to create the DPOF file, or press the menu
button to cancel the operation and return to the playback menu.
To delete the DPOF file.
ADVANCED
PLAYBACK
When the this-frame or all-frames setting is chosen, a screen appears requesting the number of
copies of each image; a maximum of nine copies can be ordered. Use the up/down keys of the controller to set the required number of copies. If the all-frames setting was used to create a print order,
any additional images recorded afterwards will not be included in the order.
DPOF files created with another camera will be canceled. After the pictures have been printed, the
DPOF file will still remain on the memory card and must be canceled manually.
Index Print
To create an index print of all the images on the card, select “Yes” in
the index print option in section 3 of the playback menu. To cancel
an index print, simply change the setting to “No.”
If an index-print order is created, any additional images saved afterwards on the card will not be included in the index print. The number
of images printed per sheet differs between printers. The information
printed with the thumbnails can vary.
Camera Notes
DPOF files and images can be printed directly from the camera, see page 105.
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Copy and E-mail Copy
The copy function makes exact copies of image or movie files and
can store the copied data on another memory card. E-mail Copy
makes a standard 640 X 480 (VGA) or 160 X 120 (QVGA) JPEG
copy of an original still image so that it may be easily transmitted by
e-mail. E-mail copies can only be copied to the original card. The
copy functions are selected in section 3 of the playback menu (p. 70).
DPOF set
Index print
Copy
E-mail copy
Image size
–
No
–
–
640x480
When a copy function is used, a folder is created for the files (p. 98); copy files are placed in a folder
with a name ending in CP, and E-mail Copy images are placed in a folder ending in EM. The same
folder is used to store copies until the number of images exceed 9,999. Copies of locked images are
unlocked. DPOF information is not copied.
The copy and E-mail copy functions have two menu options:
This
frame
Marked
frames
To copy the file displayed or highlighted in the playback mode.
To copy single or multiple files. When selected, the frame-selection screen will
appear; highlight the file to be copied with the yellow border and then press the
up key of the controller to mark it with the check indicator. To deselect a file to
be copied, highlight the selected thumbnail and press the down key; the check
disappears. Continue until all the files to be copied are marked. Press the central button of the controller to continue, or press the menu button to cancel the
operation and return to the playback menu.
Up to 16 MB of data can be copied. If too many images have been selected, a warning will appear
and the copy routine will be canceled. Divide the number of images into two or three batches. The
amount of data can be converted into E-mail copies depends on the free space remaining on the
memory card and the image size of the copy. The image size of the E-mail copy is selected in section
3 of the playback menu (p. 70).
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ADVANCED
PLAYBACK
Copy
When the image(s) to be copied are selected, a screen with four messages is displayed. The messages are highlighted during the copying procedure.
Copy
Copying to camera memory.
Change card.
Copying to card.
Copying completed.
Enter
Copied to 101MLTCP.
OK
When the change-card message is
highlighted, remove the camera’s
memory card and insert the card to
which the image should be copied.
Press the central button of the controller to continue or the menu button
to cancel the copy operation.
After the copy-completed message is highlighted, a screen indicates the
name of the folder containing the copied images; press the central controller button to return to the menu.
E-mail Copy
Before starting the E-mail copy routine, select the image size of the copy in section 3 of the playback
menu. Two sizes are available: 640 X 480 (VGA) or 160 X 120 (QVGA). To copy captured movie
frames, the image size must be equal to or smaller than the frame image size.
Copied to 101MLTEM.
OK
When the image(s) to be converted to an e-mail file are selected, the copy
routine begins and a screen appears indicating the name of the folder containing the copied images; press the central button of the controller to
return to the menu.
Camera Notes
The copy-unsuccessful message will appear when one or all of the images could not be copied.
Check the memory card to see which files were copied and then repeat the procedure for the
uncopied images.
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Viewing images on a television
It is possible to view camera images on your television. The camera has a video-out terminal to make
the connection using the supplied AV cable. The camera is compatible with the NTSC and PAL standards. The video-output setting can be checked and set in section 4 of the setup menu (p. 83).
1. Turn off the television and the camera.
2. Insert the small plug of the AV cable into the camera’s AV-out
terminal.
3. Plug the other end of the AV cable into the video and audio
input terminals on the television. The yellow plug is for the
video output. The white plug is for the monaural audio output.
4. Turn the television on.
5. Change the television to the video channel.
2
6. Turn the camera’s mode dial to the playback position and turn
on the camera. The camera’s monitors will not activate when
the camera is attached to a television. The playback-mode
display will be visible on the television screen.
3
7. View images as described in the playback section.
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ADVANCED
PLAYBACK
SETUP MENU
The setup menu is used to control the camera’s functions and operation. The navigating the setup
menu section covers the operation of the menu. The section is followed by detailed descriptions of
the settings.
Opening the setup menu
The setup menu is opened from the other menus. It can be accessed from any of the recording or
playback menus.
Drive m
Image
Quality
Auto D
Digital
Drive mode
Image size
Quality
Auto DSP
Digital zoom
Single
2048x1536
Standard
On
Off
Use the right key of the controller to highlight setup
tab at the top of the menu.
Press the central button of the controller to open the
setup menu.
LCDbrightness
Power save
Inst.Playback
Lens acc.
Language
–
1 min.
Off
None
English
Reverse the procedure to return to the original menu.
Pressing the menu button closes the menu and
returns to the recording or playback modes.
Setup menu
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Navigating the setup menu
See page 83 on how to open the menu. The four-way keys of the
controller (1) move the cursor in the menu. Pressing the central
button of the controller enters a setting.
1
Use the left/right keys of the controller to highlight the
appropriate menu tab; the menu changes as the tabs
are highlighted.
Use the up/down keys to scroll through the menu
options. Highlight the option whose setting needs to be changed.
With the menu option highlighted, press the right controller key; the settings are displayed with the current setting highlighted. If “Enter” is displayed, press the center of the
controller to continue.
Use the up/down keys to highlight the new setting.
Press the central button of the controller to select the highlighted setting. Once a setting
has been selected, the cursor will return to the menu options and the new setting will be
displayed.
Close the menu with the menu button.
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SETUP
MENU
LCDbrightness
Power save
Inst.Playback
Lens acc.
Language
–
1 min.
Off
None
English
File # memory
Folder name
Audio signals
Shutter FX
Volume
Off
Std. form
1
1
2
Reset default
Noise reductn
Date/Time set
Date imprint
–
On
–
Off
Video output
NTSC
To set monitor brightness (p. 86).
To set the auto power save period (p. 86).
To play back a still image after it is recorded (p. 86).
Specified when using a lens accessory (p. 87).
To set the menu language (p. 87).
To activate file number memory (p. 87).
To select the folder name format (p. 88).
To change or turn off audio signals (p. 88).
To change or turn off the shutter sound effect (p. 89).
To adjust the volume of camera signals (p. 89).
To reset camera functions (p. 89).
To turn off noise reduction (p. 91).
To set the camera’s clock and calendar (p. 91).
To activate date imprinting (p. 92).
To switch video output between NTSC and PAL (p. 91).
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LCD monitor brightness
Monitor brightness can be adjusted in 11 levels.
Brightness can be set individually for viewfinder and
direct viewing in the recording mode. Turn the mode
switch to the appropriate position before opening the
brightness option in section 1 of the setup menu (p. 84).
Also see page 28.
Set LCD brightness
Low
High
Use the left/right keys of the controller to adjust brightness, the monitor image changes accordingly. Press the
central button of the controller to set the level.
:select
:enter
Auto power save
To conserve battery power, the camera will shut down if no operation is made within a certain period.
The length of the auto-power-save period can be changed to 1, 3, 5, or 10 minutes. When the camera is connected to a computer, the auto-power-save period is fixed at ten minutes. Auto power save
is set in section 1 of the setup menu (p. 84).
Instant playback
An image can be displayed on the monitor after it is captured. When
used with the continuous-advance drive mode (p. 46), thumbnails of
the last six images in the series will be displayed. Instant playback is
activated section 1 of the setup menu (p. 84). A playback period of
two or ten seconds can be selected. To cancel the playback and save
the image before the end of the playback period, press the shutterrelease button partway down.
Camera Notes
Single still images can be previewed immediately after being captured without instant playback
active. Simply continue to hold the shutter-release button down after taking the picture to display
the image. Release the shutter button to end the playback.
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SETUP
MENU
Lens accessory
This camera is compatible with the optional Wide Converter
Kit ZCW-100. This kit contains a 0.75X wide-angle converter, which reduces the focal length of the zoom lens’ wideangle position giving it the equivalent of a 28mm lens on a
35mm camera.
When the converter is mounted, the lens accessory option
in section 1 of the setup menu should be set to
“WideConvertr.” An indicator (W) appears in the top left corner of the monitor as a warning. The optical zoom is automatically set to the wide-angle position. The optical zoom
and Super Macro are disabled.
Language
The language used in the menus can be changed in section 1 of the setup menu.
File number (#) memory
If file number memory is selected, when a new folder is created or
a new memory card is used, the next image recorded will have a
file number one greater than the last file saved. If the new card contains an image with a greater file number. the new image will be
assigned a file number one greater than the greatest on the card. If
the file number memory is disabled, the image file number is reset
to 0001 when saved in a new folder or card. File number memory is
activated in section 2 of the setup menu.
File # memory
Folder name
Audio signals
Shutter FX
Volume
Off
Std. form
1
1
2
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Folder name
All recorded images are stored in folders on the memory card. Two folder-name formats are available in section 2 of the setup menu, standard and date.
Standard folders have an eight character name. The initial folder is named
100MLT20. The first three digits are the folder’s serial number, which will increase
by one each time a new folder is created. The next three letters refer to Minolta,
and the last two numbers indicate the camera used; 29 indicates a DiMAGE Z1.
A date folder name also starts with the three digit serial number and is followed by
one register for the year, two register for the month, and two registers for the day:
101YMMDD. The folder 10131219 was created in 2003 on December 19th.
100MLT29
(Standard)
10131219
(Date)
With the date folder format selected, when an image is recorded, a new folder with
the day’s date is created. All images recorded that day are placed in that folder.
Images recorded on a different day are placed in a new folder with the corresponding date. If the file
number memory function is off (p. 87), when a new folder is created, the serial number in the imagefile name is reset to 0001. If file number memory function is on, the serial number in the image-file is
one greater than the last image saved. For more information on folder organization and file names,
see page 98.
Audio signals
Every time a button is pressed, an audio signal gives a positive
confirmation of the operation. The audio signals can be turn off in
section 2 of the setup menu (p. 84). The tone of the signal can also
be changed; signal 1 is electrical and signal 2 is mechanical.
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SETUP
MENU
File # memory
Folder name
Audio signals
Shutter FX
Volume
Off
Std. form
1
1
2
Shutter FX
When the shutter is released, a shutter sound effect gives a
positive confirmation a still image is recorded. The sound
effect can be turn off in section 2 of the setup menu (p. 84).
Two shutter effects are available. Signal 1 is taken from the
Dynax/Maxxum 9 SLR and signal 2 is taken from the legendary Minolta CLE, a compact rangefinder that represents
the pinnacle of the development of the Leitz-Minolta CL.
Volume
The volume of the audio signals and shutter FX can be increased or decreased in section 2 of the
setup menu (p. 84). This affects the camera’s audio signals only and will not change the playback levels of a movie clip.
Reset default
This function affects all modes. When selected, a confirmation screen appears; choosing “Yes” resets
the following functions and settings, “No” cancels the operation.
Recording mode
Focus area
Monitor display
Exposure compensation
Flash mode
Drive mode
Image size
Image quality
Auto Digital Subject Selection
Digital zoom
Focus mode
Wide frames
Full
0.0
Autoflash (Fill-flash in A, S, M modes)
Single-frame advance
2048 X 1536
Standard
On (Auto recording mode)
Off
Autofocus
p. 22
p. 28
p. 41
p. 26
p. 46
p. 54
p. 54
p. 23
p. 56
p. 57
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90
Recording mode
White balance
Custom key function
Full-time AF
Flash compensation
Metering mode
Camera sensitivity (ISO)
Color mode
Sharpness
Contrast
Auto
Flash mode
Off
0.0
Multi segment
Auto
Natural color
Normal
Normal
p. 58
p. 65
p. 60
p. 60
p. 61
p. 62
p. 63
p. 64
p. 63
Movie menu
Image size
Frame rate
Audio
White Balance
Movie mode
320 X 240
15 fps
On
Auto
Standard movie
p. 66
p. 66
p. 67
p. 58
p. 67
Playback menu
Playback (Slide Show)
Duration (Slide Show)
Repeat (Slide Show)
Index print
Image size (E-mail copy)
All frames
5 seconds
No
No
640 X 480
p. 76
p. 76
p. 76
p. 79
p. 80
Setup menu
LCD Brightness
Auto-power-save period
Instant playback
Lens accessory
File number (#) memory
Folder name
Audio signals
Shutter FX
Volume
Noise reduction
Date imprinting
Normal
1 minute
Off
None
Off
Standard
1
1
2
On
Off
p. 86
p. 86
p. 86
p. 87
p. 87
p. 88
p. 89
p. 89
p. 89
p. 91
p. 92
SETUP
MENU
Noise reduction
This function reduces the affect of dark noise caused by long exposures. Noise reduction is only applied to exposures of one second or
longer. Dark-frame subtraction is applied to each image after it is
captured. The processing time varies from image to image; a message will be displayed during this period. Noise reduction can be
turned off in section 3 of the setup menu.
Reset default
Noise reductn
Date/Time set
Date imprint
–
On
–
Off
Date and time setup
It is important to accurately set the clock. When a still image or a movie clip is recorded, the date and
time of the recording are saved with the image and are displayed during playback or can be read with
the supplied DiMAGE Viewer software. The date format that is displayed or imprinted can be
changed: YYYY/MM/DD (year, month, day), MM/DD/YYYY (month, day, year), DD/MM/YYYY (day,
month, year). See page 18 for instructions on how to set the clock and calendar.
Video output
Camera images can be displayed on a television (p. 82). The video
output can be changed between NTSC and PAL in section 4 of the
setup menu. North America uses the NTSC standard and Europe
uses the PAL standard. Check which standard is used in your region
to play back images on your television set.
Video output
NTSC
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Date imprinting
The date of recording can be printed directly on the image. The
imprinting function must be activated before the image is taken. Once
activated, the date will continue to be imprinted until the function is
reset; a yellow bar is displayed behind the frame counter to indicate
the imprinting function is active. Date imprinting is activated in section
3 of the setup menu (p. 84).
Date-imprinting indicator
The date is imprinted in the lower right corner of the
image when viewed horizontally. It is printed directly
on the photograph writing over the image information. The date can be imprinted in three formats:
year / month / day, month / day / year, and day /
month / year. The date and date format are set in
section 3 of the setup menu (p. 91).
Camera Notes
Every time a still image is recorded, it is stored with an exif tag that contains the date and time
of recording as well as shooting information. This information can be viewed with the camera in
the Quick View or playback mode, or on a computer with the DiMAGE Viewer software.
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SETUP
MENU
DATA-TRANSFER MODE
Read this section carefully before connecting the camera to a computer. Instructions on using and
installing the DiMAGE Viewer software are found in the supplied software manual. The DiMAGE manuals do not cover the basic operation of computers or their operating systems; please refer to the
manual supplied with your computer.
System requirements
For the camera to be connected directly to the computer and used as a mass-storage device, the
computer must be equipped with a USB port as a standard interface. Both the computer and the
operating system must be guaranteed by their manufacturers to support USB interface. The following
operating systems are compatible with the camera:
Windows 98, 98SE, Me, 2000 Professional, and XP home and professional editions.
Mac OS 9.0 ~ 9.2.2 and Mac OS X 10.1.3 - 10.1.5, 10.2.1, and 10.2.6.
Check the Minolta web site for the latest compatibility information:
North America: http://www.minoltausa.com
Europe: http://www.minoltasupport.com
Users with Windows 98 or 98 second edition will need to install the driver software on the included
DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM (p. 95). No special driver software is required for other Windows or
Macintosh operating systems.
Customers who have bought a previous DiMAGE digital camera and have installed the Windows 98
driver software must repeat the installation procedure. The updated version of the driver software
included on the supplied DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM is required for the operation of the DiMAGE Z1
with a computer. The new software will have no affect on the performance of older DiMAGE cameras.
A remote camera driver is supplied in the Windows edition of the DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM. The driver is not compatible with this camera.
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Connecting the camera to a computer
Confirm the battery has sufficient power before connecting the camera to a computer; the full-battery
indicator should be displayed on the monitor. The use of the AC adapter (sold separately) is recommended over the use of the battery. For users with Windows 98 or 98 Second Edition, read the section on page 95 on how to install the necessary USB driver before connecting the camera to a computer.
1. Start up the computer. The computer must be on before connecting the camera.
2. Insert the memory card into the camera. To change the memory
card while the camera is connected to a computer, see page 102.
3. Slide open the card chamber door. Attach the smaller plug of the
USB cable to the camera. Make sure the plug is firmly attached.
4. Attach the other end of the USB cable to the computer’s USB port.
Make sure the plug is firmly attached. The camera should be connected directly to the computer’s USB port. Attaching the camera
to a USB hub may prevent proper operation.
3
4
5. Press the main switch to turn on the camera. The USB connection
is made automatically; a screen appears to indicate the operation.
The monitor turns off when the connection has been made. If the
USB connection is not made, disconnect the camera and restart
the computer. Repeat the connection procedure above.
Initializing USB connection.
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DATA-TRANSFER
MODE
When the USB connection is completed, a drive icon, or volume, appears in
My Computer or the desktop; the name varies with memory card. When using
Windows XP or Mac OS X, a window opens requesting instructions on what
to do with the image data; follow the directions in the window.
Mac OS X
Mac OS
Windows XP
Windows
Connecting to Windows 98 and 98 SE
The driver needs only to be installed once. If the driver cannot be installed automatically, it can be
installed manually with the operating system’s add-new-hardware wizard; see the instructions on the
following page. During installation, if the operating system requests the Windows 98 CD-ROM, insert
it into the CD-ROM drive and follow the accompanying instructions on the screen. No special driver
software is required for other Windows or Macintosh operating systems.
Automatic Installation
Before connecting the camera to the computer, place the
DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive. The
DiMAGE installer menu should automatically activate. To
automatically install the Windows 98 USB driver, click on the
starting-up-the-USB-device-driver-installer button. A window
appears to confirm that the driver should be installed; click
“Yes” to continue.
When the driver has been successfully installed, a window
appears. Click “OK.” Restart the computer and connect the
camera (p. 94) to complete the operation.
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Manual Installation
To install the Windows 98 driver manually, follow the instructions in the connecting-the-camera-to-a-computer section on
page 94.
When the camera is plugged into the computer, the operating
system will detect the new device and the add-new-hardware-wizard window opens. Place the DiMAGE Viewer CDROM in the CD-ROM drive. Click “Next.”
Choose the recommended search for a suitable driver. Click
“Next.”
Choose to specify the location of the driver. The browse
window can be used to indicate the driver location. The
driver should be located in the CD-ROM drive at
:\Win98\USB. When the location is shown in the window,
click “Next.”
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DATA-TRANSFER
MODE
The add new hardware wizard will confirm the location of
the driver. The letter designating the CD-ROM drive will
vary between computers. Click “Next” to install the driver in
the system.
One of three drivers may be located: MNLVENUM.inf,
USBPDR.inf, or USBSTRG.inf.
The last window confirms the driver has been installed.
Click “Finish” to close the add new hardware wizard.
Restart the computer.
When the my-computer window is opened, a new removabledisk icon is displayed. Double click on the icon to access the
camera’s memory card; see page 98.
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Memory card folder organization
Once the camera is connected to the computer, image files can be
accessed by double clicking on icons. Image folders are located in
the DCIM folder. The misc. folder contains DPOF print files (p. 78).
Drive Icon
Dcim
Files and folders on the memory card can be deleted using the computer. Never format the memory card from the computer; always use
the camera to format the card. Only files recorded by the camera
should be stored on the memory card.
Misc
From left to right: standard folder, date
folder, copy folder, e-mail copy folder.
100MLT20
10130801
102MLTCP 103MLTEM
PICT0001.JPG PICT0002.MOV
Movie clip
Still image
Image-file names begin with “PICT” followed by a four-digit file number and a
jpg or mov extension. To copying
images, simply drag and drop the file
icon into a location in the computer.
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DATA-TRANSFER
MODE
Copy images (p. 80) are placed in a folder with a name
ending in “CP.” E-mail Copy images are placed in a folder
ending in “EM.” When a new folder is created, the first
three digits in the folder name is one greater than the
largest folder number on the card. When the index number in the image file name exceeds 9,999, a new folder is
created with a number one greater than the greatest folder number on the memory card: e.g. from 100MLT20 to
101MLT20.
The number in the image file name may not correspond to the frame number of the image. As
images are deleted in the camera, the frame counter will adjust itself to show the number of images
on the card and reassign the frame numbers accordingly. The serial numbers used with image files
will not change when an image is deleted. When a new image is recorded, it will be assigned a number one greater than the largest serial number in the folder. File serial numbers can be controlled
with the file-number-memory function in section 2 of the setup menu (p. 87).
Image files contain Exif tag data. This data includes the time and date the image was recorded as
well as the camera settings used. This data can be viewed with the camera or the DiMAGE Viewer
software.
If a camera image is opened in an image-processing application that does not support Exif tags, and
then the image is saved overwriting the original data, the Exif tag information is erased. Some Exif
compatible applications rewrite the Exif data preventing the DiMAGE Viewer from reading it. When
using software other than the DiMAGE Viewer, always make a backup copy of the image files to protect the Exif tag data.
To view images correctly on your computer, the monitor’s color space may need to be adjusted. Refer
to your computer manual on how to calibrate the display to the following requirements: sRGB, with a
color temperature of 6500K, and a gamma of 2.2. Changes made to the captured image with the
camera’s contrast controls will affect any color-matching software in use.
Auto power save - data-transfer mode
If the camera does not receive a read or write command within ten minutes, it will shut down to save
power. When the camera shuts down, an unsafe-removal-of-device warning may appear on the computer monitor. Click “OK.” Neither the camera or computer will be damaged in this operation. Turn off
the camera with the main switch. Remake the USB connection by turning the camera on.
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Disconnecting the camera
Never disconnect the camera when the access lamp is red - the
data or memory card may permanently be damaged.
Windows 98 / 98 Second Edition
Confirm that the access lamp is not lit. Turn off the camera and then disconnect the USB cable.
Windows Me, 2000 Professional, and XP
To disconnect the camera, click once on the unplug-or-eject-hardware icon located on
the task bar. A small window will open indicating the device to be stopped.
Click on the small window to stop the
device. The safe-to-remove-hardware
window will open. Close the window,
turn the camera off, and then disconnect the USB cable.
When more than one external device are connected to the computer, repeat the procedure above
except right click on the unplug-or-eject-hardware icon. This will open the unplug-or-eject-hardware
window after clicking on the small window indicating the unplug-or-eject-hardware routine.
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DATA-TRANSFER
MODE
The hardware devices to be stopped will be displayed. Highlight the device by clicking on it then click
“Stop.”
A confirmation screen will appear to indicate the devices to be stopped. Clicking
“OK” will stop the device.
A third and final screen will appear to
indicate the camera can be safely disconnected from the computer. Close the window, turn the camera off, and then disconnect the USB cable.
Macintosh
Confirm that the access lamp is not lit and then drag the
mass-storage device icon and drop it into the trash. Turn
the camera off, and then disconnect the USB cable.
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Changing the memory card
Never remove the card when the access lamp is red - the data or
memory card may permanently be damaged.
Windows 98 and 98 Second Edition
1. Turn off the camera.
2. Change the memory card.
3. Turn on the camera to remake the USB connection.
Windows ME, 2000 Professional, and XP
1. Stop the USB connection using the unplug-or-eject-hardware routine (p. 100).
2. Turn off the camera.
3. Change the memory card.
4. Turn on the camera to remake the USB connection.
Macintosh
1. Stop the USB connection by dragging the drive icon into the trash (p. 101).
2. Turn off the camera.
3. Change the memory card.
4. Turn on the camera to remake the USB connection.
Using USB DIRECT-PRINT
USB DIRECT-PRINT allows still images to be printed directly from a compatible Epson printer. This
function prints a single image on one sheet of paper. Index prints cannot be printed with USB
DIRECT-PRINT. To print index prints, see page 105.
Before each print run, check the printer settings; refer to the printer manual. A fully charged battery
should be used when the camera is connected to the printer. The use of the AC adapter (sold separately) is recommended over the use of the battery.
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DATA-TRANSFER
MODE
Connect the camera to the printer using the camera’s USB cable. The larger
plug on the cable is connected to the printer. Open the card chamber door and
insert the smaller plug of the cable into the camera. Turn the camera on; the
USB Direct Print screen is displayed automatically.
Number of prints in the print run.
Strike through indicates unprintable file type.
Number of copies of the displayed image.
Use the left/right keys of the controller to display the image to be printed.
Press the up key to select the number of
copies to be printed. To deselect an image for
printing, press the down key until the number
of copies reaches zero.
:move
:sel.
:print
The information (i+) button switches
between the single frame and index playback formats.
Repeat the previous steps until all the images
to be printed are selected. Press the central
button of the controller to begin the printing
routine.
Print file?
Number of prints: 7
No
Yes
The number of prints in the print run are displayed on the LCD monitor. Use
the left/right keys to highlight “Yes,” and press the center of the controller to
start printing.
Printing finished.
Once printing begins, the operation can be canceled by pressing the center
of the controller. The printing-finished message indicates the end of the
operation; turn the camera off to end the routine.
OK
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Notes on printing errors
If a minor problem occurs during printing, such as the paper runs out, follow the procedure recommended for the printer; no action is required for the camera. If a major printer error occurs, press the
center of the controller to end the routine. Refer to the printer manual for the correct procedure for
the printer problem. Check the printer settings before starting again and use the USB Direct Print
screen to deselect the images that were printed.
Navigating the USB DIRECT-PRINT menu
When the camera is connected to a compatible printer, the menu
button turns the menu on and off. The left/right and up/down keys of
the controller are used to move the cursor in the menu. Pressing
the central button of the controller will enter a setting.
Batch print in section 1 selects all still images on the memory card
for printing. When the all-frames option is selected, a screen opens
so the number of copies of each image can be specified. The reset
option cancels all changes made to the print selection screen.
Batch print
DPOF print
–
–
After the batch-print option is chosen, the USB DIRECT-PRINT selection screen will show which
images and the number of copies selected. The controller can be used to edit the print order, see
page 102.
DPOF print in section 2 allows still images and an index print selected with the DPOF printing
options in section 2 of the playback menu to be printed from an Epson USB DIRECT-PRINT compatible printer. Simply select the start option from the menu to begin the routine, see the following page.
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DATA-TRANSFER
MODE
Printing DPOF files
The USB DIRECT PRINT menu DPOF-print option allows still images and an index print selected
with the DPOF printing options in section 2 of playback menu to be printed from an Epson USB
DIRECT-PRINT compatible printer. See page 78 on how to create a DPOF file.
Before each print run, check the printer settings; refer to the printer manual. A fully charged battery
should be used when the camera is connected to the printer. The use of the AC adapter (sold separately) is recommended over the use of the battery.
Connect the camera to the printer using the camera’s USB cable. The
larger plug on the cable is connected to the printer. Open the card chamber door and insert the smaller plug of the cable into the camera.
Turn the camera on; the USB Direct Print screen is displayed automatically. Open the USB DIRECT-PRINT menu. Highlight “Start” in the DPOFprint option in section 2 of the menu. Press the central button of the controller to begin the routine.
Print file?
Number of prints: 7
No
Yes
The number of prints in the print run are displayed; index prints are counted as one. Use the left/right keys to highlight “Yes,” and press the center
of the controller to start printing.
Printing finished.
Once printing begins, the operation can be canceled by pressing the center of the controller. The printing finished message will indicate the end of
the operation; turn the camera off to end the routine.
OK
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APPENDIX
Troubleshooting
The section covers minor problems with basic camera operation. For major problems or damage, or if
a problem continues to reoccur frequently, contact a Minolta service facility listed on the back cover
of this manual.
Problem
The camera
will not work.
Symptom
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Solution
The batteries are dead.
Replace batteries (p. 13).
AA Ni-MH batteries are
inserted incorrectly.
Reinsert the batteries taking
care that the negative and positive terminals are oriented as
indicated on the inside of the
battery chamber door (p. 13).
The AC adapter is not
connected properly.
Check that the adapter is connected to the camera and a live
electrical outlet (p. 15).
“000” is displayed on the
frame counter.
Memory card is full and
unable to store an image
at the image-quality or
image-size setting on the
camera.
Insert a new memory card (p.
16), delete some images (p.
31), or change the image-quality or image-size setting (p. 54).
No-card warning appears on
the monitors.
No memory card in the
camera.
Insert a memory card (p. 16).
Nothing displayed on the
monitors.
Shutter will
not release.
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Cause
Problem
Symptom
Focus signal is
red.
Pictures are
not sharp.
Pictures are
taken indoors
or in low-light
situations without flash.
While using
flash, the pictures are too
dark.
Cause
Solution
Subject is too close.
Make sure the subject is within
the autofocus range (p. 24) or
use the macro mode (p. 35).
The camera is in macro
mode.
Cancel the macro mode setting
(p. 35).
A special situation is preventing the autofocus
system from focusing (p.
25).
Use the focus-lock function to
focus on an object at the same
distance as the subject (p. 24)
or use manual focus (p. 57).
Slow shutter speeds
result in blurred images
when the camera is
hand-held.
Use a tripod, change the camera sensitivity to a higher setting (p. 62), or use the flash (p.
26).
The subject is beyond the flash
range (p. 62).
Move closer to the subject or
change the camera sensitivity
to a higher setting (p. 62).
The camera temperature rises with extended periods of use. Care should be taken to avoid burns
when handling the camera, batteries, or memory card.
If the camera does not function normally or the system error message appears, turn it off, remove
and reinsert the batteries, or unplug and reconnect the AC adapter. If the camera has become hot
with extended use, wait for it to cool before removing or disconnecting the power supply. Always turn
the camera off using the main switch otherwise the memory card may be damaged and the camera
reset.
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Uninstalling the driver software - Windows
1. Insert a memory card in the camera and connect it to the computer with the USB cable. Other
devices must not be connected to the computer during this procedure.
2. Right click on the My-computer icon. Select “properties” from the drop-down menu.
Windows XP: from the start menu go to the control panel. Click on the performance and maintenance category. Click “System” to open the system properties window.
3. Windows 2000 and XP: select the hardware tab in the properties window and click the devicemanager button.
Windows 98 and Me: click the device-manager tab in the properties window.
4. The driver file will be located in the universal-serial-bus-controller or other-devices location of the
device manager. Click on the locations to display the files. The driver should be indicated with the
camera name. Under certain conditions, the driver name may not contain the camera name.
However, the driver will be indicated by either a question mark or exclamation point.
5. Click on the driver to select it.
6. Windows 2000 and XP: click on the action button to display the drop-down menu. Select “uninstall.”
A confirmation screen will appear. Clicking “Yes” will remove the driver from the system.
Windows 98 and Me: click the remove button. A confirmation screen will appear. Clicking “Yes” will
remove the driver from the system.
7. Disconnect the USB cable and turn off the camera. Restart the computer.
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APPENDIX
QuickTime system requirements
Pentium-based computer
Windows 95, 98, 98SE, NT, Me,
2000 Professional, or XP.
32MB or more of RAM
Sound Blaster or compatible sound card
DirectX 3.0 or later recommended
To install QuickTime, follow the instructions in
the installer. Macintosh users can download the
latest version of QuickTime free of charge from
the Apple Computer web site:
http://www.apple.com.
Videoimpression system requirements
To install ArcSoft VideoImpression, follow the instructions in the installer.
Windows 98, Me, 2000, or XP.
Pentium III 450 processor or equivalent. Pentium III 700 recommended
200MB of hard disk space, 1GB recommended.
32MB of RAM. 128MB recommended.
16-bit or higher color display at 800 x 600.
DirectX 8.1 or above. Apple QuickTime recommended.
Care and storage
Read this section in its entirety to get the best results from your camera. With proper care, your camera will provide years of service.
Camera care
• Do not subject the camera to shock or impact.
• Turn off the camera when transporting.
• This camera is neither waterproof nor splashproof. Inserting or removing batteries or the memory
card, or operating the camera with wet hands may damage the camera.
• When at the beach or near water, take care not to expose the camera to water or sand. Water,
sand, dust, or salt can damage the camera.
• Do not leave the camera under direct sunlight. Do not point the lens directly at the sun; the CCD
may be damaged.
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Storage
• Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from dust and chemicals. For long periods of disuse,
store the camera in an airtight container with a silica-gel drying agent.
• Remove the batteries and memory card from the camera when not in use for extended periods.
• Do not store the camera in an area with naphthalene or mothballs.
• During long periods of storage, operate the camera occasionally. When taking the camera out of
storage, check that the camera is functioning properly before using.
Cleaning
• If the camera or the outside of the lens is dirty, gently wipe it with a soft, clean, dry cloth. If the
camera or lens comes in contact with sand, gently blow away loose particles. Wiping may scratch
the surface.
• To clean the lens surface, first blow away any dust or sand, then gently wipe the lens with a cloth
or tissue designed for optics. Use lens-cleaning fluid if necessary.
• Never use organic solvents to clean the camera.
• Never touch the lens surface with your fingers.
LCD monitor care
• Although the LCD monitor is manufactured using high precision technology, there may occasionally
be a lack of color or bright points on the monitor.
• Do not apply pressure to the surface of the LCD monitor; it may be permanently damaged.
• In cold temperatures, the LCD monitor may become temporarily dark. When the camera warms up,
the display will function normally.
• The LCD monitor may be slow to react in low temperatures or may turn dark in a hot environment.
When the camera reaches normal operating temperature, the display will function normally.
• If fingerprints are on the LCD monitor surface, gently wipe with a soft, clean, dry cloth.
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APPENDIX
Memory cards
SD Memory Cards and MultiMediaCards are manufactured with precision electronic components.
The following may cause data loss or damage:
• Improper use of the card.
• Bending, dropping, or subjecting the card to impact.
• Heat, moisture, and direct sunlight.
• Static electrical discharge or electromagnetic fields near the card.
• Removing the card or interrupting the power supply while the camera or a computer is accessing
the card (reading, writing, formatting, etc.).
• Touching the electrical contacts of the card with your fingers or metal objects.
• Using the card beyond its life. Purchasing a new card periodically may be necessary.
The response time is longer with MultiMediaCards compared with SD Memory Cards. This is not a
defect, but rather due to the specifications of the cards. When using large capacity cards, some operations like deletion may take longer.
SD Memory Cards have a write-protect switch to prevent image data from
being deleted. By sliding the switch to the bottom of the card, the data will
be protected. Images cannot be recorded when the card is protected. If an
attempt is made to record or delete an image with the camera, the cardlocked message will appear on the monitor.
Memory cards should not be used to permanently store image data.
Always make a copy of camera files on an appropriate storage device or
recording media. Minolta has no responsibility for any loss or damage to
data.
Writeprotect
switch
Lock
position
Before important events and journeys
• Check the camera’s operation; take test pictures and purchase spare batteries.
• Minolta has no responsibility for any damage or loss incurred by equipment malfunction.
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Batteries
• Battery performance decreases with temperature. In cold environments, we recommend keeping
spare batteries in a warm place, such as the inside of a coat. Batteries can recover their power
when they warm up.
• If batteries have been exhausted when used in the camera, do not reload them even if their charge
seems to recover over time. These batteries will interfere with normal camera operation.
• A special built-in long-life battery supplies power to the clock and memory when the camera is off.
If the camera resets each time it is turned off, the battery is exhausted. The battery must be
replaced at a Minolta service facility.
Operating temperatures and conditions
• This camera has been designed for use in temperatures from 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F).
• Never leave the camera exposed to extreme high temperatures, such as in a car parked in the
sun, or to extreme humidity.
• When taking the camera from a cold to a warm environment, place it in a sealed plastic bag to
prevent condensation from forming. Allow the camera to come to room temperature before removing it from the bag.
Copyright
• TV program, films, video tapes, photographs, and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording or duplication of such material may be contrary to copyright laws. Taking
pictures or images of performances, exhibitions, etc., is prohibited without approval and can
infringe on copyright. Images protected by copyright can only be used under the provisions within
the copyright laws.
Questions and service
• If you have questions about your camera, contact your local camera dealer or write to the Minolta
distributor in your area.
• Before shipping your camera for repair, please contact a Minolta Service Facility.
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APPENDIX
This mark on your camera certifies that this camera meets the requirements of the
EU (European Union) concerning interference causing equipment regulations. CE
stands for Conformité Européenne (European Conformity).
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject
to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful
Tested To Comply
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
With FCC Standards
including interference that may cause undesired operation. Changes or
FOR HOME OR OFFICE USE
modifications not approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user's authority to operate the equipment. This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and
used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Tested by the Minolta Corporation 101 Williams Drive, Ramsey, New Jersey 07446, U.S.A.
Do not remove the ferrite cores from the cables.
Digital Camera: DiMAGE
Z1
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
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Technical specifications
CCD:
Number of effective pixels:
Total number of pixels:
Camera sensitivity (ISO):
Aspect ratio:
Lens construction:
Maximum aperture:
Focal length:
Focusing range (from the CCD):
Autofocusing system:
Shutter:
Shutter speeds:
Built-in flash recycling time:
Monitor LCD:
Monitor field of view:
Viewfinder field of view:
A/D conversion:
Recording media:
File formats:
Printing output control:
Menu languages:
AV output:
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APPENDIX
1/2.7-type interline primary-color CCD
3.2 million
3.3 million
Auto and 50, 100, 200, 400 ISO equivalents.
4:3
8 elements in 7 groups
f/2.8 (wide-angle position), f/3.5 (telephoto position)
5.8 - 58 mm (35mm equivalent: 38 - 380 mm)
0.57 m - ∞ / 1.9 ft - ∞ (wide-angle position)
2.07 m - ∞ / 6.8 ft - ∞ (telephoto position)
0.11 - 1.07 m / 0.4 - 3.6 ft in Super Macro mode
Video AF
CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
1/1000 - 4s, Time (30s maximum)
7s (approx.)
3.8cm (1.5 in) low-temperature polysilicon TFT color
100% (approx.)
98% (approx.)
10 bit
SD Memory cards and MultiMediaCards
JPEG, Motion JPEG (mov).
DCF 1.0 and DPOF compliant.
Exif print, PRINT Image Matching II, Epson USB
DIRECT-PRINT
Japanese, English, German, French, and Spanish
NTSC and PAL
Batteries:
Battery performance (recording):
Battery performance (playback):
Optional external power source:
Dimensions:
Weight:
Operating temperature:
Operating humidity:
Four AA alkaline or Ni-MH batteries.
Approximately 250 frames with alkaline batteries, LCD
monitor on, full-size images (2048 X 1536), standard
image quality, no instant playback, no full-time AF,
flash used with 50% of the frames.
Approx. continuous playback time: 300 min. with alkaline batteries.
AC Adapter AC-1L or AC-11
External High-Power Battery Pack Kit EBP-100
109.5 (W) X 77.5 (H) X 80.0 (D) mm
4.31 (W) X 3.05 (H) X 3.15 (D) in
Approximately 305g / 10.8 oz.
(without batteries or memory card)
0° - 40°C / 32° - 104°F
5 - 85% (noncondensing)
Specifications are based on the latest information available at the time of printing and are subject to
change without notice.
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